Candied Orange Peel – An Example in Sustainability
Candied Orange Peels have reminded me of Christmas for as long as I can remember. The mere aroma of orange peels simmering on the stove creates warm happy emotions that I cannot describe. I am not sure if it takes me back to childhood or gives me pleasure knowing I am leaving the same traditions that I grew up with on to my own children.
One of the greatest treasures that I want my children to teach their children is to make the most of everything and waste nothing that God gives us in nature. I believe that one major example of sustainability is to use parts of vegetables, fruits, or harvested game that are not ordinarily used.
Most people utilize the flesh, or the inside juicy sections of the orange, but the orange rind and the peel have just as many uses. Orange peels have been used as mosquito repellant, a degreaser, deodorizer, ant repellant, and kindling, among other things.
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During the Christmas season, I always use orange peels for a more elegant, less utilitarian use. Candied Orange Peels are beautiful, festive, and are full of nutrients. The orange peel has more vitamin C than the actual fruit of the orange. Likewise, the fruit peel also has about three times as much the amount of Vitamin A, B-Complex, and minerals such as manganese, calcium, and zinc.
When you give these beauties as gifts to family and friends, you are giving them a health giving, tasty, beautiful treat that will last throughout the holiday season if they are not eaten before the season is over. As you use your oranges to make your favorite salads, Southern Ambrosia, or Orange Pound Cake, keep those peels to prepare these wonderful Candied Orange Peels!
Candied Orange Peel