Got Apple Peels? Make Tea!

Do you have leftover apple peels from making sauce, pie, and other seasonal apple dishes? Instead of tossing them in the compost, simmer the peels on the stove for a sweet scented tea.

This is technically a tisane rather than a tea, although you could add apple peels to a cup of black or green tea. What we do is forgo the tea leaves and simply simmer a handful of organic apple peels in a saucepan of water for 5-10 minutes.

Your kitchen will smell amazing, and the drink has the delicate flavor of apples and any other whole spices you add, such as a cinnamon stick, cardamom, or cloves. Honey and lemon are also good additions. Red apple peels impart a lovely shade of pink, but any peels are tasty.

If you live someplace where fall weather hasn't quite arrived and you can't imagine drinking hot tea (ahem, Los Angeles, we're looking at you!), this is also delicious chilled.

Related: 5 Good Uses For Your Apple Peels

(Image: Emily Ho)

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Emily Han (formerly Emily Ho) is a writer, recipe developer and educator on topics such as food preservation, wild food and herbalism. She is author of Wild Drinks and Cocktails (Fall 2015), co-founder of Food Swap Network and creator of Miss Chiffonade