Orange Zest

July 25, 2010 in Condiments by Joyce Bunderson

When you pick any citrus, choose those that are heavy for their size (full of juice) and you won’t be disappointed, with pithy dry fruit.

Over 170 phytonutirient and 60 flavonoids are found in oranges. Just to name a few nutrients: folate, carotenoids, fiber, potassium, calcium, and vitamin B1 (thiamin); phytonutrients like citrus flavonones, anthocyanins and polyphenols. Herperidin one of the flavanones in oranges seems to be useful in lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol in animal studies, and has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Herperidin is found in the peel and inner white pulp of the orange, rather than in the juice.

Some of these nutrients are found in the skin of the citrus fruits. I know a dietitian who eats the whole orange, skin, pith, and all - it’s not me. If like me, you don’t want to eat the orange skin and all, like my orange-devouring friend, try making Orange Zest.


Zesty Pancakes or Waffles
Add 2 teaspoons of orange zest to a batch of Dr. Grandma’s Pancakes or Waffles.

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Orange Zest

Orange Zest

By Joyce Bunderson Published: July 25, 2010

    When you pick any citrus, choose those that are heavy for their size (full of juice) and you won’t be disappointed, with pithy dry …

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. Red Grapefruit, navel oranges and limes - colors for a winter day.
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    2. If you're going to use the zest, scrub off pesticide residue.
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    3. A zester is helpful, but a fine grater works too.
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    4. It's actually very easy.
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    5. Recipe ready zest. Grate the dark outside colorful skin of citrus with a fine grater; don’t grate the white pith. I treated myself some years ago to a zester; which is better to protect my fingers from being zested. It’s been a good investment; I still have my fingertips.
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    6. To store, try to remove most of the air; refrigerate or freeze.When you’re zesting fruit consider zesting the entire piece; then freezing what you don’t need. You will be ready for the next recipe.
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    7. By-product of zesting.
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