Lemon Peels for Nutrition

Did you know that lemon peel – or lemon zest – contains up to 5 to 10 times more nutrients than the flesh by weight? That’s right, even though the fruit itself is considered a nutritional powerhouse, the zest is just as good for you.

Lemon zest contains a host of nutrients, including:

  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin C
  • Fibre
  • Vitamin A

The peel also contains a class of called phytonutrients, which includes flavonoids, phenolics, and other elements that are now undergoing clinical studies due to their exciting anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties.

In other words, they’re very good for you!

Now, eating a lot of zest at any one time isn’t entirely feasible. But, by adding a little to a lot of different dishes, you can end up consuming significant amounts, and getting the nutritional benefits. Here are some quick ideas on how to add lemon zest to your diet.

  1. Add it to your favorite pastas and pasta sauces, whether creamy or oil-based – the bright flavor enlivens virtually any pasta dish.
  2. Add it to baked goods and desserts, especially anything vanilla. Cheesecake, custards, coffee cakes, ice cream – they all taste wonderful with a sprinkle of lemon zest.
  3. Add it to salads of virtually any kind. It makes a lovely contrast to strong cheeses such as feta or Parmesan
  4. Add it to roasted veggies for a flavor enhancer.
  5. Add it to any kind of seafod. It takes an ordinary baked or broiled piece of fish and turns it into a taste sensation together with a few fresh herbs and spices.
  6. Add it to cocktails, especially any based on gin or vodka.
  7. Add it to chicken dishes of all kinds, where it will contrast with the meat’s mild flavor.
  8. Add it to sauces, especially pan sauces for meats or fish, or even mayonnaise.
  9. Add it to breadcrumbs and croutons for a gourmet touch.

Get the most out of your lemons by using the fruit, juice, and zest.

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