Cooking up a delicious recipe will often leave you with fruit and vegetable peels that you may think of as trash, but this isn't so. What you'd call waste is rich in vitamins and most of all, flavor. Even after you've scooped out the flesh, peels still have a heavy concentration of vitamins, which you can use in a second round.
Here's what to do with some of the most common peels that have been in every kitchen.
Adding fruit to one's diet is the healthiest part of a balanced diet, but when left with a heap of peels, it’s almost second nature to throw them in the rubbish. One way to make use of fruit and vegetable peels is to turn them into scrubs that you can use on your face. There’s a lot to fruit peels than their fantastic scent, and it's essential that you make the most out of its nutrients.
Your face goes through a lot every day, and exposure to the harsh elements is just one of the things it must endure. You can give it some relaxing treatment using fruit and vegetable peels, but where should one start?
Just start with the peel of whichever fruit or vegetable you may have used last.
You can banish acne with the antibacterial properties of orange peels which have oil controlling powers as well. Additionally, using orange peels on your skin serves as a healthier and softer scrub that cleans your skin without damaging it. Lemon, its citrusy counterpart, has lightening properties so you can always use some lemon peels to get rid of an unwanted tan.
Meanwhile, mandarin peels have toning and anti-aging powers that can help lift and bring back that supple feel of youthful skin. If your skin is more on the dry side, then using the peels of fruits that possess natural fats and oils will do you one better.
Banana and avocado peels are an excellent example of easy to use peels that you can use on your skin as healthy moisturizer. Lastly, potato peels can help take the puffiness away from your eyes and reduce the color of dark circles as well. You can use these peels by rubbing the fleshy part of them on your skin or grinding them into a fine powder after drying them in the sun.
If you thought that the effectiveness of peels was limited to your face, think again. Orange peels possess unusual antibacterial properties to keep away insects and disease vectors like mosquitoes. Rub orange peels onto exposed skin for an instant insect repellent effect while you're outdoors. You can even boil orange peels in water to make a homemade spray that will keep bugs away and your home smelling fresh.
If you're a gardening enthusiast, then you probably know the struggle of aphids and ants wreaking havoc in your backyard. A simple yet effective way of keeping them out of your garden is to use peels of fruits and vegetables such as bananas, oranges, and cucumbers. The strong smell of oranges and bananas repel aphids while cucumbers can keep ants from getting into your plants.
In case you’re feeling crafty and want to make use of leftover peels of fruits and vegetables, then preparing homemade dyes won’t just be fun, but eco-friendly as well.
Fruit peels, such as those of apples, oranges, and lemons can be boiled in water to give beautiful colors that appear as pastel shades once they’re applied. Peels of vegetables like onions, beets, and cabbage can provide pretty hues as well, but you must boil it with a little vinegar.
Once the peels reach a boiling point, simmer them until you get a creamy color concoction. Cool the liquid dye and add it to a jar before using it. Naturally obtained dyes from fruit skins and vegetable peelings can be used to give color to plain fabrics.
These can also be used to paint Easter eggs in soft hues but remember that dyes from peels take longer to color said egg shells and structures. That's why it's better to leave the eggshells or fabric in color overnight so that they come out correctly colored.
Blemishes like acne scars from excessive oil production and dark spots as a result of hyperpigmentation can be a troubling issue. The solutions for these skin problems are usually present in the form of creams or expensive treatments.
Luckily, you won’t need to spend a large sum of money on treatments and beauty products because fruit peels offer a natural solution that can leave you with healthier and brighter looking skin.
Lemon peels are one example of healthy peels that can make your skin glow because of its acid content, vitamin C, and mild bleaching properties. Exfoliation is an excellent way to remove the outer layer of dead skin, but unhealthy, chemical-based creams and products can do more damage than good. Pomegranate peels can be useful for gently exfoliating your skin to reveal a softer layer underneath.
You can either use the peels as they are, fresh after cutting or dry them in the sun and then grind them to make a scrub.
If nothing else, the most you can do is add fruit and vegetable skins to your compost heap or pit. These can provide healthy nutrients that are effective in gardening.
If you don't have a separate compost pit, fruit and vegetable peelings can make great fertilizer as well, so merely sprinkling them in your garden can be as effective in providing your soil with the nutrients it needs.
Vegetable and fruit skins are very useful because of their high nutrient content, scent, and vibrant color. It's true that not everyone has the time to make use of peels, but that isn't an excuse for throwing away rich sources of nutrients. Instead, make sure to store them in the freezer and use them later on.