First and foremost, you must choose unwaxed Organic Ingredients! If you cannot find unwaxed citrus fruits you can brush them under warmish running water, and/or use a vinegar and bicarbonate solution. You can use the entire skin or you can peel the citrus fruit with a regular peeler, which I suggest for grapefruit. Otherwise, you may remove too much of the white flesh, and may become far too bitter. Although, 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?
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 I still like 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 neutralise 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
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