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Does Anyone Eat Their Orange Peels?

Postby Oolie » Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:03 am

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Out of curiosity, does anyone here eat their orange peels?

And are there any varieties of oranges that have notable tasting peels?

I know of a small child who always eats slices of oranges and eats the peel.

Re: Does Anyone Eat Their Orange Peels?

Postby nullzero » Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:54 pm

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I have used the rind with cranberries and made a sauce with it. Lots of flavors added :).

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/ ... uce-102583

Re: Does Anyone Eat Their Orange Peels?

Postby David_bengharib » Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:48 am

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I use the peels of oranges and tangerines in certain kinds of sweets and middle eastern dishes.

Re: Does Anyone Eat Their Orange Peels?

Postby tentance » Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:48 am

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i like to feed them to the rabbits. if i'm feeling really ambitious, candied citrus peel is pretty awesome, and better than cough drops during the cold weather.

Re: Does Anyone Eat Their Orange Peels?

Postby Oolie » Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:08 pm

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I'm delighted to hear of these, anyone have good recipes?

Re: Does Anyone Eat Their Orange Peels?

Postby Axel » Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:08 pm

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Several of the varieties I grow have sweet rind. I can't recall which ones, I'll post an update after I do a rind tasting run in my orchard. My son eats the rinds off the fruit as well, he's too young to know any better at this stage.

Recipe for candying rind is easy: take rind, cut it up into the shapes you prefer, dump into a pot and add water to the point that the rind is submerged. Add sugar, use taste of the water combined with the rind to determine the right amount. Boil until the whole mess drops to 1/4th the original volume. Then strain, put on a cookie sheet and dry in an oven at 200F for 1 hour. For extra sweetness, roll the undried peels in sugar before putting on cookie sheet.

To reduce the amount of sugar, add cinnamon and/or licorice to the boiling mixture.
Tropical gardening in both Kaua'i windward Sunset H2/USDA 12b and Fallbrook Sunset 23/USDA 10b.

Re: Does Anyone Eat Their Orange Peels?

Postby cchan » Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:15 pm

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I take the zest and make alcohol with it using vodka sugar and cloves. Orange, tangerine, kumkuats, and mandarins are good. Lemons are ok for lemoncello. But grapefruit and pomelo I would not really recommend as they give off lots of bitterness. Also if you use dry peels with the rind you have a 1.5 week period to get the flavor out before the alcohol turns bitter.


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