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The 14 Healthiest Fruit and Vegetable Peels

There’s no doubt that whole fruits and vegetables are a key component of a healthy diet. However, if you commonly peel your produce, you may be missing out on the most nutrient-packed part!

Peels are commonly regarded as something to be thrown away (or hopefully composted). Only those with an easily chewable texture and mild flavor escape the knife. But research has made it abundantly clear that most fruit and vegetable peels are not only edible, they also contain truly outstanding health benefits.

(It is important, however, to strongly consider organic produce when eating the peels — be sure to see “Some Words of Advice” further below in this article for more info.)

So what makes peels so powerful? And which ones should you aim to consume?

Don’t Peel Those Fruits and Veggies!

Before we get into the healthiest fruit and vegetable peels you can eat, here’s a look at three characteristics of peels that will make you reconsider throwing them out. Of course, the specifics will vary based on which fruit/vegetable is being discussed, but these characteristics generally hold true for most, if not all, produce.

#1— Peels Can Double or Triple Nutrients: It’s no secret that fruits and veggies are packed with nutrients. What is surprising is the fact that peels quite frequently contain more nutrients than the rest of the fruit and can drastically increase your nutrient intake. As an example, leaving the peel on a raw apple gives it about 332% more vitamin K, 142% vitamin A and 115% more vitamin C than the peeled version!

#2— Peels Contain Loads of Fiber: Fiber is essential for “regular” digestion. It also feeds the good bacteria in your gut and may help with weight management by making you feel fuller for longer. Unfortunately, many people are fiber-deficient, consuming far less than the recommended daily amount. Eating more fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to up fiber intake, but up to one-third of the fiber content is found in the peels of produce.

#3— Peels Are Sky-High in Antioxidants: Consuming antioxidants is one of the keys to longevity, younger-looking skin, and a host of other health benefits. Once again, fruits and vegetables are high on the antioxidant-rich foods list. But importantly, researchers have discovered that antioxidants are typically concentrated in the outer layer of fruits and vegetables— aka the peels. In fact, antioxidant concentration can be up to 328 times higher in the peel than in the pulp!

Now, even though these three key points generally hold true, there are still certain peels that are virtually inedible. Avocado peels, for example, are rarely eaten because they are hard and rough.

But there are numerous peels you can (and should!) be eating, including some you might not expect.

Top Fruit and Vegetable Peels to Eat

Citrus Fruit

Citrus fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C, which makes them great immune-boosting foods. Surprisingly, the peel typically contains 2-3 times more vitamin C than the inner fruit.

Orange peel, for example, contains triple the vitamin C of the pulp and is a great source of calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and vitamin A.

The peels of citrus fruits are also where most of the volatile essential oils are found. These powerful compounds have noted anti-inflammatory power and have displayed anticancer potential. Many are also potent antioxidants and are found at greater concentrations in the peel than in the pulp.

While you don’t really want to bite into the rind of a citrus fruit, you can grate and use the zest in numerous recipes or chop the peel finely and add to smoothies.


Apples are something of an in-between fruit. Some people peel them, while others don’t.

Leaving the peel on your apples just about doubles the amount of fiber you would get from an unpeeled apple. The peel also contains small amounts of vitamin E and folate that aren’t in the rest of the fruit as well as more than triple the amount of vitamin K.

Vitamin K is known as a blood-clotting nutrient, but it also has an important role in bone metabolism and calcium regulation.

Apple peels are also loaded with antioxidants like flavonoids, phenolic compounds, and anthocyanins. Notably, the peels were found to inhibit liver cancer cells far more effectively than any other part of the fruit.

Potatoes (and Sweet Potatoes)

Potatoes often get a bad rap as a starchy vegetable with too many calories. In reality, they are loaded with nutrients and resistant starch, which feeds the good bacteria in your gut. (It’s usually the way potatoes are cooked that makes them ‘unhealthy’.)

When you leave the skins on, potatoes really become a nutritional powerhouse. Minerals, in particular, are heavily concentrated in the potato skin— 17% of total zinc, 34% of total calcium, and 55% of total iron. Dietary fiber also shoots up if you consume the peel.

Overall, a medium potato with skin on provides you with over 25% of the daily value (DV) for vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium, 19% of the DV for manganese, and 12% of the DV for magnesium, phosphorus, niacin, and folate. Not bad at all!


You may never have considered eating watermelon rind, but here is a top reason to think about it.

Watermelon contains a decent amount of vitamins, but the fruit is especially notable for its citrulline content. Citrulline is an amino acid that gets transformed into the essential amino acid arginine within your body.

Both amino acids play a critical role in the production of nitric oxide, a substance that lowers blood pressure by dilating and relaxing blood vessels, making it excellent for heart health.

While citrulline is found in the whole fruit, it’s present at a much higher concentration in the white rind (not the green outer skin). If you don’t want to simply gnaw on the rind, try the pickled version or chop it like a vegetable and add it to a stir fry.


The inner flesh of a cucumber is about 96% water. There are a few vitamins and some fiber mixed in, but most of the nutrient, fiber, and antioxidant content of cucumbers is found in their skin.

By leaving the peel on, you can get a noticeably higher amount of vitamin K (the blood-clotting nutrient important for bone metabolism) from a cucumber. Minerals like selenium, magnesium, and calcium also increase as compared to the peeled version.

Research also indicates that cucumber peels are higher in flavonoids and phenolic compounds (both powerful antioxidants) than the fruit.

Keep in mind that store-bought cucumbers often come with a wax coating. Use a vinegar-water solution to remove this coating before eating.


Most people remove peach skin because it has a fuzzy texture. But if you do so, you’ll be missing out on a significant antioxidant boost.

Studies have found that peach skin contains more antioxidants than the rest of the fruit. It’s packed full of polyphenols, like caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid, as well as carotenoids.

Carotenoids are extremely beneficial antioxidants that have anti-aging power for your skin, support eye health, and enhance immune function. They may even help prevent certain diseases, including cancer.

To get around the fuzzy nature of the skin, try slicing your peaches thinly so the skin is barely noticeable. Or add them skin and all to a smoothie.


Like cucumbers, much of the inner flesh of zucchini is made of water. The outer peel is where most of the nutrients are found.

More specifically, you can get a decent amount of fiber, some extra vitamin C, and a good amount potassium from a zucchini with the peel left on. Plus, it contains an extra boost of other minerals like magnesium and calcium.

Once again, the highest antioxidant content is found in the skin as well, and the same goes for yellow zucchini (aka summer squash).

If you find the peel of zucchini a bit on the tough side, be sure to choose smaller “baby” fruit. The smaller the size, the more tender the skin will be.


Mangoes have many health benefits and may just be one of the most nutritious fruits you can eat. That being said, mango peel is not a part of the fruit people normally consume.

However, research shows that mango peels are loaded with antioxidants. This includes the antioxidant vitamins E and C as well as polyphenols and carotenoids. They also have a significant amount of fiber and contain compounds with anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antidiabetic properties.

That being said, mango peels also contain a natural chemical known as urushiol. This is the same chemical found in poison ivy, which means some people may have an allergic reaction to mango peel.

Test out small amounts of the peel first. If you don’t have any reaction, add the peel to smoothies or leave it on mango pieces for a significant antioxidant boost.


Pears are one of the best fruits to eat to up your fiber intake. They contain soluble and insoluble fiber, which are both important for bowel regularity and feeding the good bacteria in your gut.

As you may have guessed, the peels of pears contribute significantly to their fiber content. A medium-size pear that hasn’t been peeled packs in about 5.5 grams of fiber, which gets you about 22% of the DV for dietary fiber!

Pears are also rich in anthocyanins (red pears), lutein and zeaxanthin (green pears), and polyphenols. All of these are antioxidant compounds linked to lower inflammation and lower risks of heart disease and other chronic issues. And all are most concentrated in the peel.


Tomato skin contains a unique flavonoid known as naringenin and a similar compound known as naringenin chalcone. Interestingly, studies have discovered that naringenin chalcone from tomato skin has anti-allergic activity. It seems to work by inhibiting histamine release and has potential to inhibit allergic reactions.

Other research has revealed antidiabetic and antioxidant properties of naringenin.

You can get this valuable compound by leaving the skin on tomatoes when you eat or cook with them. Of course, you’ll get a fiber boost, too, plus more of the valuable antioxidant lycopene.


The beautiful purple color of eggplant skin is a hint at the powerful nutrients it contains. When you remove it, you miss out on extra fiber and a group of plant compounds known as anthocyanins.

Anthocyanins are both antioxidants and plant pigments responsible for the purple shade of eggplant. A particular anthocyanin found in eggplant skin, known as nasunin, has demonstrated potent protective effects against free radical damage to cells.

Eggplant skin can be a little tough but will be more tender on smaller fruits.


Grapes aren’t usually peeled, but you may not realize how just how much your body gets out of grape skins.

Perhaps the most notable plant compound found in grapes is resveratrol. Resveratrol is an incredibly powerful antioxidant first discovered in red wine. It has well-documented anti-aging benefits, particularly for your heart, brain, and skin.

Most of the resveratrol in grapes is found in the skin. The skin also contains fiber and beneficial compounds like gallic acid, catechin, and epicatechin that you don’t want to miss out on.


Did you know that the fuzzy peels of kiwis are edible? And not only are they edible, the peels are also highly nutritious.

Unsurprisingly, eating the skin along with the flesh ups the fiber content of a kiwi by about 50%. It also significantly increases the amount of folate and vitamin E you get. Antioxidants like flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic compounds are concentrated in the peel as well.

You can get some of the fuzz off a kiwi skin by scraping it with a spoon or rubbing it with a cloth. Slice it thinly to get small amounts of the peel at a time.


Banana peels are tough, thick, and a little bitter, but don’t let that put you off! They are rich in potassium, just like the fruit, as well as antioxidants, fiber, and tryptophan, which is an important amino acid for your sleep-wake cycle.

Now, you don’t necessarily want to start chewing on banana peels. But you can add chunks of them to a smoothie for an extra nutrient boost. Or boil then bake the skin to improve the texture.

Some Words of Advice

There’s a clear bottom line here: Most fruits and vegetables are more nutritious and health-boosting with their peels left on (with a few notable exceptions).

However, there are some other factors to keep in mind.

First and foremost is the fact that most conventional produce is sprayed with toxic pesticides. Pesticide residue is quite frequently concentrated in the peel, since this is the outmost part of the fruit or vegetable.

Ideally, you would want to buy organic produce if you intend to consume the peel, particularly when it comes to the “Dirty Dozen”. At the very least, wash all produce thoroughly before consuming it, which does reduce pesticide residue.

Specific peels may cause mouth irritation (notably mango and kiwi) or irritate the digestive tract of those with certain digestive issues. Start with small amounts of the less commonly consumed peels to ensure no reaction before you eat larger amounts.

The Power of Peels for Skincare

Citrus peels aren’t just beneficial when you consume them. They also have powerful skin-boosting properties, brightening skin and balancing oil production. Orange peels, in particular, possess anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial compounds that protect skin and reduce the appearance of redness.

If you’d like to “feed” your skin the antioxidant power of citrus peels, look into the Age-Defying Night Cream from Purity Woods. It contains both orange and grapefruit peel oils as well as numerous other organic botanical ingredients that promote younger-looking skin.

Learn more about the Age-Defying Night Cream here, and keep the peels on your produce!

88 thoughts on “The 14 Healthiest Fruit and Vegetable Peels”

  1. I love this article. I do eat a lot of peels, and the common ones like white or red potatoes, zucchini, apples, grapes and pears, just because peeling them is too much bother. Right now I am in the midst a more fruit/veggie consumption syndrome. I will revisit sweet potato peels which I typically dispose of. Turtles like banana peels in my limited experience, and bananas are recommended for staghorn ferns as well. Kiwis? Who would have thought? Will check out the recommended face cream too – will it erase 80 year old wrinkles? :)))

    • If your eating the peels of these fruits and vegetables. Aren’t you exposing your body to toxins from the pesticides sprayed on them

      • For me the skins just have too bad spots that need to be tossed after i slice and steam them — even for the organic ones which really taste better than non-organic. Also better to peel because sometimes i have left in fridge too long and there are some molded spots that also need to be cut out before steaming.

          • mold doesen’t travel through dense fruit, as it does with for example bread.
            if you cut away the visible mould and/or softened parts and the fruit tastes good, then you can eat it.

    • Baked sweet potatoes are fabulous tasting and fabulously nutritious. Eat the skin of baked sweet potatoes along with the flesh!

    • My friend bakes sweet potatoes., then eats the skin with the potato hot or cold as a snack. It is great!

  2. Great information – thanks!
    You didn’t mention carrots, though, which I never peel. Should I be peeling them?

  3. Very interesting, I’m keeping this. I make soup with the unwanted parts of vegetables plus carrots.etc.

    I also cook the remains of chickens and mix this with the veggies.

  4. I have always eaten some of the peel and rinds of the lesser known fruits and veggies..it makes sense. However, I was not familiar with mango peel being edible! Did you know there’s such a thing as banana peel bacon? I made it once and found the marinade too salty, but the texture was great. Looks like I’ll have to give that another try!

  5. Good article about the nutritional value of fruit and vegetable peels. I don’t know about the peels retaining their potency in a beauty cream, and wonder how many preservatives and other additives are needed to extend shelf life. I’ll eat the peels.

  6. Thanks, since hearing you and others mention it before I’ve been regularly eating more peels and am sure I can still include more yet. Many of these I’ve never peeled for myself, others I’ve tried more recently. Like another lady says I don’t peel carrots (or use peel from other household members to bake gently as crisps) and similarly for parsnips. I’ve also started baking thin slices of swede and various swished which I eat too (and bake the seeds from butternut/ pumpkin etc) I waste as little as possible from any fruit or vegetables and compost any I can’t use. Inspired to try more now!

  7. I like to eat the peels of many fruits and vegetables that most people don’t eat but there were a few new ones here that I will try. Thank you for the article.

  8. Thanks for this article! My young grandson, when I handed him a kiwi fruit said “can I eat the peel”. I’d never heard of anyone doing it but I knew that bit of peel can be missed when they are peeled and don’t cause a negative reaction so I said “yes”. Since then at the age of 16 he still always eats them with the skin on. Wise boy

    • Years back, when I had leaky gut, I would eat Kiwi with peels on and get terrible, painful gut cramps. Nowdays, I eat the peel everytime. That is where a LOT of the tangy flavor is located, which makes the inside of the peel my favorite part!

  9. My favorite pickles growing up were my mom’s watermelon rind pickles. I’ve tried to make them since she passed and didn’t get them right. Your article has made me decide to try again. I’ve always left the peels on potatoes and carrots because they taste better that way (yes, even mashed potatoes). Who knew I was eating healthier? Thanks for the info, I’m going for the kiwi and mango skin (small amount to try first) in my smoothies. Organic only because pesticides can’t be washed off good enough for my allergies to them. Love the dad jokes!

  10. thank you for this article. I eat most of the skins referred to. However, I need to try mango and kiwi skins.

  11. I eat most fruits with peel on (apple, pear, peach) but had not thought about mixing other peels into smoothies. Great idea! Thanks

  12. Being born in India and brought it was normal for us to eat all seasonal and other fruit with peel. Peeling was considered ignorant, thus from childhood, we learned that since you can not eat the Banana peel, we used to each the PITITH the white stuff, which is great digestive and full of fiber
    Among the veges it was never heard of to peel Cucumber, Reddish, or any green veg. Yes, that is why Asian are used to eating and enjoying every seasonal fruit and veg. This article is a great eye-opener for those who have inhibitions to eating without peeling.

  13. Great info! I generally eat some peels, but learned my body could be benefitting from eating more…although it would be less in my compost pile😉

  14. Thank you for your very informative articles! I get so inspired to up level my nutrition and and general well-being. Your articles bring in the light 🙂 I love your skin cream too!

  15. Great information. Living in Minnesota, unable yo get really fresh fruits snd veggies much if the year, eating the peels will be helpful .

  16. One of the best informationally-packed articles I’ve read in a while. I learned a bunch of new material which is saying a lot because I read all the time to self-educate. Thank you for the time and effort you put into this!!

  17. I would like to add Pomegranate peels which contain high amounts of punicalagin, a polyphenol that has been shown to have anti-cancer properties in some studies. In one study, pomegranate peel was found to be a treatment for prostate cancer because of its ability to induce apoptosis (the death of cancer cells).
    Pomegranate peel has shown to slow or stop the spread of cancer cells in breast and colon.
    Punicalagin also helps to reduce inflammation in joints, therefore helping with arthritis.
    Pomegranate peel is also rich in polyphenolic flavonoids, which are potent antioxidants much the same as in green tea.
    After eating a pomegranate, I cut up the peel and dry it, then grind it to a fine powder in my coffee grinder. I use a teaspoon of this to make a tasty tea.

    • Very helpful information. When I lived in Mexico and would get really sick every January with pneumonia, I learned by the grace of God and after lots of doctor visits that didn’t make me well, even with daily shots, that pomegranates were the one thing that would make me well. Interestingly, they were only available a month or two each year, which was January, so on my own, with the Lord’s leading, pomegranates likely saved my life. Good for the heart, too, as well as cancer and so many other diseases. How could anything so yummy be so healthy?

    • Thanks so much for the dehydrated pomegranate peel in a coffee mill. I’ll definitely do that during pomegranate season 🙂

    • Thank you! Your information was very generous and enlightening, especially pomegranate peel ground up to make tea. I’m grateful to you.

  18. 83 years old,stage 4 NHL cancer survivor….” GOD…NATURE AND..A TUNGSTEN STRONG/POSITIVE/HAPPY MIND!!!!!!!!, since 2014 and…..counting…..vegetarian(n0 meat….but lots of…small fish…(less mercury)…mostly sardines..).SKINS ?????? I use them all…….dehydrated…(low temperature…max…100 Fahrenheit…).. May God be with you all always….Mario……..cbc1960slife@gmail.com

  19. The watermelon information was new to me, thanks.
    I was also a victim when I tested the myth of slippery banana peel, near midnight on a deserted footpath. No witnesses, luckily.

  20. Thank you for this interesting and informatve article. The uses of mango and tomato skin with diabetic properties was most interesting to me. Also cooking the rind of the melon is news to many of us. Sure to try it.

  21. I think it’s a great article and suggestion. However I don’t underestimate the chemicals from spraying. I learnt that soaking in baking soda for a few minutes helps cleaning them off. I live in an area of apple orchards and vineyards. The amount of spraying is unbelievable! I guess the poisoning takes the benefits of eating the peels mainly away! Whenever possible I eat organic fruits and veggies!
    Thank you for all your Information!

  22. Love the article. Peels are something, for the most part I leave on so this article justifies my actions. Thanks

  23. Thanks for the article on peels. Peels are something that i leave on a lot of vegetables that I cook. I’m glad to know about more I can eat!

  24. It is, however, exceedingly DANGEROUS to consume the peel of any produce that is not organic, and while the article does recommend organic produce for peeling, this recommendation comes at the end of the article, whereas it belongs at the very beginning! Non-organic produce commonly contains pesticides, fungicides, rodenticides, and other super-toxic chemicals, and eating these is most unwise. The way the laws are written permits wildly poisonous chemicals to be used in both the growing and marketing of produce, and, as the biological chemistry of animals, insects and humankind is essentially quite similar, that which is harmful for any is potentially, and likely, dangerous for all. The article should be re-formatted to present the warning about non-organic produce at the top. As it now stands, this articles, while greatly informative on an overlooked and very significant subject, may lead some to ingest some very dangerous chemicals. As the ancient Greek doctors’ proverb cautions us, first, do no harm!

    • Thanks for pointing this out, Joel, about the need to move the “organic peels only, please!” part to the FRONT of the article. I know in years past that some friends would not even eat conventional bananas ever due to “Sheep wormer” being sprayed on them! Just one example. Most people do not know this, but apples are near or at the top of the most poisoned foods according to The Environmental Working Group (EWG.org). This is why we only eat organic apples and have made friends with a lovely older couple who are organic orchardists. They only use Basic H on their orchard for pesticide, and possibly copper spray for fungicide when necessary (If memory serves). Unfortunately, I found an article about toxic cleaning supplies and it listed Basic H as not so great for you, either! Say, WHAT? Are you telling me I can never eat an apple ever again?

      Anyway, I agree. If you look up the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15” on EWG’s website, you will learn what to eat that is +/-safe without eating organic, and what MUST be organic if you are going to ingest it. I would NEVER eat conventional apple peels, that’s like chewing on a prescription to GET CANCER really fast! BTW, I am a “Certified Natural Health Professional”, so am grateful for the additional information that Brian has offered. Great ideas for extra nutritional prepping, too!! Til now, mostly what I’ve heard about (organic, of course) apple peels was for the pectin to make jams and jellies! Brian, you are definitely one of the BEST!!

  25. I love all of your great articles. They are all full of very helpful
    information. Thank you, Brian, for every one of these interesting
    and educational articles.

  26. I started eating mango peel about 4 years ago, it’s actually very common in Africa.
    On the other hand, the pesticides for bananas are so powerful, the banana growers are all dying young from cancer. There is a documentary about this. I love this article, but I doubt you can wash a banana peel enough to get everything off. You would HAVE to go organic for banana peels.

  27. You don’t address eating potato peels. I’ve heard that they are healthy to eat, but have also heard not to eat them at all. Which side of the debate to you come down on & why?

  28. Somewhere, I read about making “banana tea” using banana peels. It’s actually pretty yummy, esp with some cinnamon!

  29. I was raised eating some of the peels mentioned. Then in 2017 I started working with a functional medicine doctor who recommended peeling most everything because of lectins. Do you have any insight about lectins in peels? Also this doctor recommended deseeding zucchini, cukes, tomatoes, etc for same reason. I don’t necessarily agree with it all so look for others’ opinions and insight to make comparisons.

  30. Thanks for this Mark,
    I like the idea of pickled green flesh of watermelon.
    We eat many of fruit and veggies you talked about with their peels.
    I don’t think though that we will take to banana and mango peels.
    My husband has eaten kiwi with peel in the past, and I would like to try
    to take off some of the fuzz from it with a spoon for myself.
    Overall good to know that we’re doing the right thing most of the time.

  31. Brian, I enjoyed this article very much. It is informative and just another piece of knowledge that we can do much for our health, so being informed is wonderful! Thank you for all you do and care about including your delightful “Dad” jokes!

  32. Very interesting. Thank you. I do eat most of the skins on
    my fruit but was surprised at some skins that are edible.
    Could a person dry the skins of some of the fruit and
    would that be nutritional eg, citrus fruits?

  33. Good article. Thanks. In addition to eating the skin/peel of fruits & vegetables, I think it’s also important to eat the core & seeds, as well as roots & stems. Of course, clean organic produce is always best, but (aside from a few exceptions) eating the whole fruit or vegetable generally means more nutrients and less waste!

  34. Thanks always for such good info. Unfortunately I, in later years developed, or more correctly discovered allergies to a host of raw fruit and vegetables. A suggestion to peel didn’t work but as recommended, for me they need to be frozen, cooked or dried and that seems to be the case. I still eat lots of fruit and veggies – one way or the other. Always retain articles like this for reference.

  35. A great article, I am From NZ where many many or most families have their own vege gardens and we ate the skins of all root veges as well as most of the veges grown above ground, we ate the whole vege. The same with fruit, well most of it. We always had access to a multitude of fruit. Most gardeners and vege stands do not use chemicals, mainly fish fertilizer. We did not eat watermelon rinds in fact were told that the white flesh was poisonous same with banana skins. Of course, I have never eaten pineapple skin nor avocado skins. I am 69 but have been in the USA since I was 25 and have been blessed enough to live in Southern California until 1997 and have resided in Central Florida since then and have had access to an abundance of organic fruits, vegetables, and protiens. I also organically grow what I can.
    PS when out at the Kiwi vines , press the Kiwi for ripeness, pick it, and just wipe the fuzz off on the side of your pants, eat the whole thing. Also over the last several years there has been for sale a Kiwi Berry ( the size of a large grape) it is shinny and has no fuzz.
    Also for the last 40 years, I no longer make beautiful white creamy mashed potatoes that had to be peeled. I now make “smashed potatoes” any potato with the skin on prepared the same way. I no longer possess a Pealer just a hard-bristled handheld scrub brush.

  36. Take the peel from a banana you have eaten, It will be about 3 or 4 strips. Put on a flat surface, With a dinner fork, scrape the “strings” off the external peel in the long direction. They come off curled up. Eat these for lutein, good for eyesight, skin, and much more. If peel is organic, make tea by boiling the peels, cut up.

  37. Nice article! Thank you!
    At 78, I have more and more come to eat only one meal a day (my”Brundi”), which includes a large smoothie, which in turn includes about 25 different ingredients, but the base of which is 1/2 an unpeeled kiwi, 1/2 an unpeeled banana, 1/3 of an unpeeled orange, and 1/2 a peeled avocado. These I prepare in advance, and store in small bags in the freezer. (I then add frozen berries, fresh fruits and vegetables, green powders, cinnamon, fresh ginger and turmeric, black pepper, fermented vegetables, green tea, beet juice, and kombucha… DELICIOUS smoothies!)

  38. Very interesting and helpful article! I eat most of my peels anyway, but there are a few new ones that I will add to my consumption, especially in smoothies! Also reading all the different nutrients that you can add to your diet is very educating. Thank you so much for this!

  39. In southern Ecuador some people boil pineapple skins to make a nutritious tea that is supposed to be medicinal as well. I have tried it and the tea is tasty.

  40. Thanks for all the info. I have always eaten the peel on potatoes,apples ,pears and a few others but i am a bit dubious about some , if i cant buy organic because of the pesticides. I have read to wash the fruit and Veg in apple cider vinegar. As a young girl i learnt that orange peel was good for sparkly eyes . Dont know if it ever worked but used to eat it anyway.
    I have enjoyed the tips from people on here too

  41. Thank you so much for sharing all this information about peels .I knew about potatoes peels and apples . We used to eat a lot of them with the peels .

  42. Very good information . I will eat more peels from now own.Thank you Brian for sharing all these valuable information for your health .

  43. Thanks for the great advice, Brian. I rarely, if ever, peel fruit. I do thoroughly soak and clean fruit and veg to remove the pesticides. There are some though, that I never thought was edible – banana, kiwi, mango and watermelon – good to know. I do grow some of my own fruit. I live in Australia, so growing tropicals.

  44. Thanks, great to know which fruits and vegetables to particularly not peel….I don’t peel most, but I admit I don’t eat banana peels or watermelon and mango rinds….hmmmm…..I also admit that many years ago I thought that since there was some value and no harm in peels, it made sense to not do the extra work (including carrots!)! Since then I’ve learned of the benefits and enjoy my peels…

  45. Toxin-free lemon skins, after juice is squeezed from the lemon, can be tossed in a jug or jar and covered with water for drinking after a few hours refrigerated soaking. This can be added to over 2 or 3 days while still fresh enough, as more skins become available. A tasty and refreshing very nutritious drink.


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