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Pineapple Peel Drink

It’s peak pineapple season, and when you’re cutting up a juicy pineapple, don’t discard the peels! It’s time to make the most of your fruit waste, and chef, and curator of Tasty Food Tales and Table Scapes, Natasha Mehta shows you how.

By Aditi Mudgal
03 August 2022

Pineapples are loaded with nutrients and are great for boosting immunity. While eating the fruit alone is good enough, you might have a lot of peels left over that need to be discarded. But what if we told you there was a way to use pineapple peels? Boost hydration and load up on antioxidants with this drink that’s made from discarded pineapple peels.

 

While it doesn’t take long to prepare all the ingredients for this drink, the time-consuming part comes when it's on the stove. You may have to wait a while before the pineapple peels impart their flavour onto the liquid. After you’ve strained it, cool it down in the refrigerator or enjoy it immediately with ice cubes.

 

Related story: Refreshing Mango Spritzer

 

Since the main ingredient for this drink are the discarded peels of the pineapple, you want to ensure that you’re cleaning your pineapple as thoroughly as possible. If possible, opt to go for an organic pineapple that has less contaminants. Pineapples have a lot of Vitamin C. One cup of pineapple contains around 78.9 mg of vitamin C (US Department of Agriculture), which is more than the recommended intake for women (75 mg according to Harvard) . It's high in manganese and good for digestion. Manganese helps the body develop connecting tissue, sex hormones and blood clotting components. Ginger and turmeric together have a lot of immunity boosting properties as well, and are ideal to reduce inflammation.

 

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Energy
52.3 Kcal
Carbs
11 g
Protein
0.7 g
Fat
0.32 g
Fibre
4.1 g
Serves
9

 

Ingredients list

  • 1 Large Pineapple
  • 2-3 Litres of Water
  • Cut Fresh Ginger (approx. 2”)
  • 2 Tbsp Turmeric Powder or fresh turmeric (approx. 2”)
  • Honey or agave syrup to taste, optional

 

Preparation

 

Step 1 :

Before cutting the pineapple, wash the pineapple thoroughly, you can also add some vinegar or salt to the water.

 

Step 2 :

Add the pineapple skin and core of the pineapple into a deep vessel, along with ginger. You can also add 2 tablespoons of fresh turmeric.

 

Step 3 :

Add water and cover and cook for at least 30 mins on a medium flame until the water turns pale yellow.

 

Step 4 :

Once ready, strain the drink and let it cool.

 

Step 5 :

Pour over ice and enjoy!

 

Check out Natasha’s other quick recipes:

The Ultimate Mulberry Salad

Easy & Delicious Mango Popsicles

Quick & Healthy Mexican Makhana Bhel

Refreshing Mango Spritzer

 

 

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