Pineapple, apple or citrus fruit – fruit peels can give your cup of tea a healthy boost – while minimizing waste. Orange peel, in particular, is full of antioxidants, polyphenols, and other bioactive compounds that are touted for their anti-inflammatory properties. To try it out, toss a thin slice of fruit peel (ideally organically grown) along with herbs or spices of your choice in boiling water for 10 to 12 minutes. Cover and simmer for 18 to 20 minutes, remove from the stop and throw away the shells as needed.
When you're ready to set up the kettle, consider these options to add some healthy flavor to your brew.