You can always tell when someone In the office is eating a fresh peeled orange. The tasty fragrance wafts everywhere making you wish for a bite of that. You can have that refreshing scent long after the fruit is eaten by recycling the fruit skin. Here’s how:
Get an orange or other citrus and cut it in half. Scoop out the segments keeping the citrus skin intact. Fill the citrus half with salt. Set it on a plate or in a glass jar and place it somewhere it can be appreciated.
If you are not so handy with a knife and prefer to peel your citrus by hand take the citrus skin pieces, place in a bowl with enough salt to cover loosely.
You might even try sticking cloves in the skin before it dries completely. After it dries piercing the skin can be difficult.
Eat the orange segments as a special treat when you need some quick energy…like after lunch nstead of eating candy or pastries.
One other thing you might try if you have a food dehydrator is to dry the skins. This method works well with tangerine skins. Remove as much of the white pith as possible. As the dehydrator runs the orange scent will fill the room. After the skins are dried you can powder them and use them to flavor tea or soup.
Tangerine skins are used in Chinese medicine to help digestive and respiratory complaints. It can be used alone or with other herbs in a decoction*. Its bitter and spicy taste can remove digestive stagnation where the symptoms are flatulence, nausea or sour belching. In respiratory complaints the rind can be used as a mild expectorant to counteract phlegm and coughing.
If using Tangerine rinds for cooking or therapeutic reasons be sure to use organic unsprayed fruit skins. Avoid use for dry coughs or bronchial conditions involving heat in the lungs. If you are unsure of the condition visit your local Chinese Medicine apothecary or Chinese Medicine professional for more information on using Tangerine rind safely.
*decoction~strong concentrated infusion of organic ingredients that is usually cooked for some time to create an herbal medicine. Typically decoctions are prescribed by Chinese Medicine practitioners to treat inbalances. In contrast, Infusions are simple organic ingredients (ie. tea leaves, twigs or rinds etc) that are steeped in hot water for a short period of time.