First and foremost, you must choose non-waxed Organic Ingredients. If you cannot find non-waxed citrus fruits you can brush them under warmish running water, and/or use Vinegar. You can use the entire skin or you can peel the citrus fruit with a regular peeler, which I suggest for Grapefruit. Otherwise, it may be far too bitter. Yet, remember that bitter taste is GOOD for the Liver.
Once the rind is dried you can keep the powder for over 6 months. I personally use one of those food-friendly small sachets of gel to keep the powder dried once in the jar.
You can sprinkle over salads, yogurt, smoked salmon, any fish, or chicken dish (right before serving), or add ¼ Tsp in your morning juice/smoothie.
Why eating Citrus Fruit Peel?
Because Citrus Fruits contain many nutrients, such as Vitamin C, Calcium, Potassium, Fibre; and Phytonutrients which are not essential (because they do not contribute to energy), but that I tend to call “Essential” because they are required in different amount for optimum body functions.
Rich in health-protective phytochemicals and antioxidants, the outer layers of citrus fruits (but of other fruits and vegetables) are often more nutritious than the food they protect.
There are over 60 different types of flavonoids in citrus, plant compounds that are known to exhibit antioxidant properties in humans. Many of these flavonoids have their highest concentrations within the peel. Naringin, for example, is a Flavonoid found in Grapefruit peel, mandarin peel and lemon peel (though not the fruit), which is a powerful antioxidant that may prevent DNA damage.
Citrus peels also contain an aromatic compound called d-limonene (the essential oil that gives the fruit its distinctive smell), which has the well-established reputation for chemopreventive activity against many types of cancer, especially colorectal and breast cancer. Limonene is very alkalising and is used in the treatment of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – due to its ability to neutralize gastric acid. In addition, limonene can help dissolve gallstones.
Gram for gram, citrus peels also contain higher levels of many minerals and vitamins such as vitamin C and dietary fibre than the fruit itself.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/0/20416897
· Use either Lemon, Lime, Pink Grapefruit or all together
Wash citrus fruits thoroughly, pat dry and peel.
Place in your dehydrator overnight. Alternatively, you can do it using your oven on the minimum setting (no more than 40˚c). If you use the entire skin it may take much longer.
Break rind, once it is dry (it should be hard), in little pieces and place in your small food processor. Pulverise quickly until powder-like. It does not need to be very fine – beware of heat from the blades.
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