When life gives you lemons, don’t just make lemonade. You can use the peel just as much as using the juice. There are just as many nutrients, if not more, inside the peel. But we often throw it away because of its bitter taste. All you have to do to get the most out of them is freeze and grate!
Lemon Peel Benefits
Just because it’s on the outside doesn’t mean the peel loses the benefits of the inside. When comparing a lemon with and without the peel; with the peel it has 1.28% daily intake vitamin C per gram compared to 0.88% without. It has 0.065% daily intake of calcium per gram with the peel and 0.028% without. And lastly, there are 0.046g of fiber per gram with the peel vs. 0.028g of fiber per gram without the peel.
The peel is also full of vitamins A, B6, and E, as well as folate, calcium, copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, protein, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin and phosphorus. That’s a lot packed into such a thin package!
Lemon peels are filled with nutrients that lower blood pressure, treat fevers, eliminate germs, soothe acid reflux, and can even destroy tumors and prevent breast cancer. Known anticancer agents of lemons include limonene, citrus pectin, flavonol glycosides and vitamin C.
Frozen Grated Lemon Peels
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- Wash and dry the lemons completely before placing in a freezer bag
- Store bag in the freezer
- Remove from freezer and cut off the ends
- Grate it the same way as cheese
- Store in a ziplock bag for later use
Make sure you get the most out of your lemons, always use the whole thing. Add some zest to your next meal with all the health benefits too. Who knows, you might even enjoy it more than the inside.
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