Turn those useless orange peels into tea in just 10 minutes. And get a boost of vitamin C. You can make the simple orange tea into a tea of your choice by adding green or black tea, or iced tea.
Orange tea is a warm tea made with orange peels and orange juice. You can add spices and other teas like black or green tea or even rooibos tea.
It can make to change your mood and boost immunity. The tangy flavors of the tea will burst in your mouth long after having it.
You might have wondered can I drink boiled orange peels? Well, orange peel water will obviously not taste good. But if you turn it into a hot orange peel tea or orange ice tea, you can certainly drink it and enjoy the benefits too.
We all know that the flavors and vitamins of oranges are more in the peel than in the juice. Then? Does it make sense to throw all those vitamins in the garbage? Of course not.
Here are a few major benefits that Netmeds also recognizes.
- Relieves respiratory problems like cold, flu, and asthma by expelling congestion.
- Helps weight loss by reducing appetite
- anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant
- Flavanoids help fight cancer.
- Good for oral health as it removes bad breath and whitens teeth.
- Helps boost overall body immunity by increasing vitamin C intake.
Side effect: It has practically no side effects if consumed in moderation. Increased use can cause diarrhea or vomiting.
The main ingredients of orange tea are oranges and honey. The spices and the other teas are just a variation to make it more flavorful and tasty.
Orange peel: Choose the brightest orange to make the tea. Try to use organic fruit so you don't have to worry about pesticides. Make sure the fruit is thoroughly washed.
Orange juice: Freshly squeezed orange juice is best. In case you are using dried peels and bottled orange juice can do that.
Sweetener: I used honey, any sweetener can do. As the orange juice is sweet itself, you can skip the sweetener.
Spices: I like the cardamom and cinnamon combo best. You can add cloves, ginger and other spices too then it will taste like masala chai and it is good for sore throat.
Tea: Honestly, plain orange tea is delicious. In case, you want some caffeine hit, add green or black tea as well. For a herbal experience, rooibos tea is a good choice.
How to make it?
Let's learn how you can turn boiled orange peel water into an amazing drink in easy steps. Choose a shiny orange with a thin peel, and slice the peels.
- Boil water. Add orange peels and spices. ( I used cinnamon and cardamom.)
- Let it boil for 2-3 minutes until the color of the water changes. Then remove from heat.
- Cover and let the tea steep for 2 minutes. Then add orange juice.
- Add honey or any other sweetener. Reheat if needed.
- Strain, and serve. Your classic orange tea is ready. If you want orange iced tea then chill it in the fridge. and add a few ice cubes as well.
There is no rocket science in making orange tea. What makes it amazing is YOU! When you say orange tea, it means tea with an orange flavor. You can enhance flavor further with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves.
For Orange green tea: Add the green tea after boiling the orange peels for 2 minutes. Then steep as usual. Strain and serve.
For Orange Black Tea: Add the black tea after boiling the orange peels for 2 minutes. Then steep as usual. Strain and serve.
So here my quest or craze to try all types of orange tea ends.
You can sun-dry orange peels. You can also oven dry on the lowest setting till the edges of the peel are slightly dry.
The easiest way is to slice orange peels and leave them on the counter to dry naturally.
Always store fresh orange peel uncovered at room temperature.
The classic orange tea, which is boiled orange peel water with spices can be stored in a fridge for two days. After adding green tea or black tea, it should be consumed quickly.
The tea has a refreshing taste and can be enjoyed at any time of day as it is caffeine free when made without green or black tea.
Orange peel has different types of flavonoids and various types of phytonutrients. Apart from being rich in vitamins, minerals, pectin, and fibers. Historically, Chinese people have used Orange tea (Chenpi) for medicinal purposes for a long time.
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Orange Peel Tea
Classic Orange Peel Tea
- ½ peel of an orange
- 2 cups water
- 2 green cardamom, sub with cardamom powder
- 2 inch cinnamon, sub with cinnamon powder
- ½ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
- 2 tablespoon honey , or any sweetener of your choice
Optional add in ( use any 1 tea)
- 1½ teaspoon green tea
- 1 teaspoon black tea
Optional spices (Use only if you have sore throat)
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 2 cloves
- Choose brightest, freshest orange for peel. Remove any spot or marked areas.
- Thinly slice the peel.
- Bring water to a boil and add all spices and sliced orange peel. Simmer for 2 minutes until the color of the water changes.
- Turn off the heat and cover. Let the tea sit for 5 minutes. (Add any optional tea before steeping.)
- Add honey or sweetener of your choice and orange juice.
- Reheat if needed, strain, and serve.
Orange Ice Tea
- Plain orange tea can be chilled and served as iced tea. Start with less water and add ice cubes to chill. Black orange iced tea also tastes great.