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Zest, rind and peel: 15 tips for making the most of citrus fruit!

Health and nutrition: citrus fruit

Have you got a single orange, half a lemon or a lime wedge left over? Don’t let it go to waste! Here are a few simple tips on using every last bit of your citrus fruits.


Lemon

Citrus fruit: lemon

1 Flavour your sugar

Dry some lemon peel, ensuring you remove the white part to eliminate any bitterness. Then place in blender and pulverize. The lemon powder can then be combined with sugar for a delicious seasoning.

2 Clean the house

Place peel in a glass container and cover with white vinegar. Let sit for a week or two. Then add an equal part of water to the vinegar and you’re ready to go!

3 Add sunshine to your veggies

When paired with a pinch of Parmesan, lemon zest does wonders for enhancing the taste of green beans, broccoli and asparagus. Your guests will ask for seconds!

4 Disinfect your worktops

Rub a halved lemon over your counters and cutting boards and let sit for a few minutes before rinsing. It’s that easy!

5 Keep your brown sugar soft

Drop some lemon peel into your brown sugar container to keep the contents dry and free of lumps.


Orange

Citrus fruit: orange

1 Make candied peel

Plain or dipped in chocolate, candied orange peel is simply irresistible!

2 Put together some potpourri

Leave some strips of orange rind to dry. Then mix with cinnamon sticks, star anise, cardamom seeds and whole nutmeg. Present your creation in a vase and let the smell of your potpourri envelop your home.

3 Enjoy a steaming cup of orange

Save your orange peels to add a splash of flavour to tea or herbal infusions. Serve with a cinnamon stick and a few cardamom seeds for a comforting treat!

4 Create flavoured honey

Allow some orange peel to infuse in a container of honey for several weeks, then remove for a deliciously flavoured honey.

5 Keep garbage odours at bay

Slip some orange peel in the bottom of your garbage bin before placing a bag. This simple trick keeps unwanted smells and insects out!


Limes

Citrus fruit: lime

1 Freeze the zest

Do you usually toss your freshly squeezed limes? Not so fast! First you should remove the zest, which can be frozen in resealable bags for future use.

2 Add kick to your salt

Dry some lime peel, then pulverize in the blender. Mix the resulting powder with sea salt to make the perfect seasoning for white fish or seafood!

3 Make some lime ice cubes

Got leftover lime juice? Save some individual portions in an ice tray!

4 Whip up some original butter

Combine softened butter, lime zest and cilantro to make flavoured butter that’s sure to impress your guests.

5 Infuse olive oil

Allow lime peel to dry for three or four days. In a saucepan, gently heat dried peel with olive oil. Let cool and store in refrigerator for up to four months.

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