Besides giving your recipes a great hint of orange flavor, orange zest also has some great health benefits. Since oranges were first cultivated, their peels have been used for medicinal purposes. Orange peels can help soothe indigestion, but there’s no need to go eating raw orange peels! All you need is a grater, paring knife, vegetable peeler, or citrus zester and you can shave off thin slices of the orange peel to create a zest. There are so many possibilities for using orange zest in recipes. From orange cranberry muffins, to Orange-Strawberry (Nut-Free) Cut-Out Cookies, and even delicious fruit muffins, orange zest is a great way to add flavor to baking and other recipes!
Fresh orange zest has some awesome nutrition! It’s a concentrated source of vitamins A and C, most notably.
If you’ve got some oranges at home, fresh is always the most delicious option. I like to use this zester. But I like to order from Amazon as well to keep some dried orange peel on hand just in case!