Imagine sipping a cup of hot, fresh tea on a cold, gloomy day. Imagine that pure strength combined with the refined aroma of cured tea leaves brewed in a fashion that is so simple, so elegant. Pretty picture, isn’t it? As quoted by Aaron Fisher in The Way of Tea, the dialogue between our selves and the tea goes both ways, we become a part of it and it becomes a part of us, literally and metaphysically.
Tea is definitely my favorite beverage. I take my cup of tea with a little cream and so hot that it burns my tongue! The best thing about drinking tea is that it stimulates your senses and calms you down all at the same time. Wikipedia tells me that tea is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world. If you’re wondering what is the most widely consumed beverage in the world – it’s water! Peace, all you coffee lovers! 😀
There are myriads of tea available in the market today. There’s Black Tea, Chai Tea, Earl Grey Tea, Chamomile Tea, Peppermint Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Vanilla Tea, Lemon Tea, Cinnamon Tea, and the list goes on. Today’s on the blog recipe is Orange-Peel Tea.
Who doesn’t love Oranges?!! But have you ever thought about saving the peel of an Orange? Well, this recipe will give you a reason to do so. Orange peels have a number of health benefits. They are an excellent way to lower LDL or what we call ‘bad’ cholesterol, they contain high amount of dietary fiber and therefore, are great to improve digestion and fight digestive disorders and they are bursting with Vitamin C – an essential element that is required to strengthen our immune system. All this plus Orange Peel infusions can be quite tasty! 😉
Here’s a recipe for making delicious Orange-Peel Tea. Simple, tasty and super-healthy!
Tea leaves – 1 ½ tbsp. or 1-2 teabags
Peel of one Orange
Clove – 3-4 buds
Water – 2 cups
Sugar or honey – to taste
- Add 1 ½ tbsp tea leaves to 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil in a sauce pan.
- Crush the tips of the clove buds and add to the water along with the stems. Add washed Orange peels to the water as well. You may slightly crush the peels to enhance the aroma.
- Cover and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
- Turn off the fire and pour tea through the tea strainer into your favorite mugs, add some sugar or honey and enjoy!
P.S. If you are using a teabag, dip it in Orange peel infused water and steep for 3-5 minutes depending on the type and strength of tea.
Thank you for reading! ❤