Latin Name: Citrus x Paradisi
Origin Country: Turkey
The peel has significantly more fiber than the pulp. It also contains essential oils, phytochemicals and vitamin C, all of which provide antioxidant protection.
Grapefruit peel is especially rich in the soluble fiber pectin, which helps lower cholesterol and moderates the flow of sugar into your bloodstream after you eat carbohydrates.
To make an infusion, place 4 to 6 grams (about 1 teaspoonful) in a tea infuser or teapot or mug for each cup of tea you intend to brew. Cover with boiling water. Place on the lid (or cover your cup with a saucer).
Allow the mixture to steep for 10' to 15' minutes or overnight.
Then strain the tea and serve. Drink 1-3 cups of tea a day.
As a flavoring agent it can be used in a wide variety of foods and is used in liqueurs (most notably Triple Sec), desserts, candies, gelatins and puddings. It is used to cover up the taste of pharmaceuticals, as well as being a key ingredient in marmalade.
It is safe in the small amounts found in foods. However, it is not safe when used in high doses.
Bitter orange, which contains synephrine and N-methyltyramine, can cause hypertension and cardiovascular toxicity.
In any case you should consult with your healthcare doctor before using bitter orange peel especially if you’re taking other medications or having health problems.