There’s nothing quite like the crisp, juicy bite that comes from sinking your teeth into a fresh apple. They are one of Earth’s most beloved cold weather gifts, and they make dealing with all those frigid days worthwhile (mostly).
Winter baking gives sweet apple flesh a lot of attention by way of pies, crumbles, tarts, and…..any other excuse to turn on the oven. But the skin that makes apples so portable and photogenic is sadly disregarded in the midst of all these festive preparations.
Enjoy your naked apples, but don’t forget about their humble encasings. The skin contains the majority of the nutrients an apple houses, including most of its vitamin E and K, half of its vitamin C, and all of its folate. It’s also where you’ll find some other important compounds like Quercetin, which has shown to improve lung function and fight off tissue damage in the brain.
And if you’re looking for cancer killers, look no further than the jacket of a crisp apple.
So if your favorite cozy recipe calls for naked apples, don’t feel guilty. Save the peels and enjoy all of those health benefits from a warm cup of apple peel tea.
Just make sure to always use organic apples that haven’t been sprayed with chemicals, but are perfect just the way nature intended.
- peelings from organic apples
- cinnamon stick
- several whole cloves
- zest from 1/2 lemon
- Add apple peels, cinnamon, and cloves to a pot and cover with water
- Bring water to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, covered.
- Add lemon zest and continue to cook for another minute.
- Strain peels and spices from tea and serve with lemon slices and honey.
- The peel from one apple makes one well flavored cup of tea. Adjust water levels according to how many apple peels you have, and how strong you prefer your tea.
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