Do you peel the skin off your fruit and vegetables? Well, it turns out the peels we’ve been taught to bin are not only edible but also delicious and nutritious.
The most concentrated source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is often found in the vibrant peels that cover the outside of your fruit and vegetables.
Mimi Morley, recipe development manager at HelloFresh said: “We often peel fruits and vegetables and discard the skins without even thinking twice. But up to a third of the fruit and vegetable’s fibre and nutrients can be found in those skins.”
“This isn’t to say that all the nutrients are concentrated in the skins alone; for instance, when you peel a tomato, you won’t lose much of the lycopene that’s good for you. However, certain peels provide a special benefit independent of fruit or vegetable flesh. Making sure you’re aware of what foods to peel before cooking them also reduces food waste and saves you a lot of prep time.”
With that in mind, Mimi Morley and the HelloFresh team say it’s best to eat the following fruits and vegetables without peeling them.
Avoid peeling potatoes
Potato peels are a good source of iron, potassium, folate, fibre, and vitamin C. So by peeling them, you’re not only wasting food, you’re missing out on those nutrients. Use a vegetable brush to gently clean the potato before cooking to retain those nutritive qualities.
Save the skin of onions
Onion peels have a tonne of taste, so there are other ways to take advantage of this flavour explosion. Save the onion skins after peeling them and use them in broths or stews. Your meal will gain more taste and colour during the cooking phase!
Avoid peeling carrots
Carrots are the healthiest unpeeled. The carrot’s skin is equally edible as the rest of the vegetable, and removing the skin means you’re losing some of the nutrients. All you need to do beforehand is wash the carrots under water before using them, and you’re good to go!
Avoid peeling pears, plums, and peaches
Each peel from pears, plums, and peaches is rich in fibre, minerals, and antioxidants. By leaving the peels on, you’re maximising the nutritious value of these fruits and in turn, adding more flavour to your dishes. It’s important to thoroughly wash your produce before eating.
Leave the skin on apples
If you are removing the apple’s skin, stop right away. The apple peel is far healthier and more nutrient-dense. Apple skin contains vitamins A, C, and K and minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and calcium, all of which benefit overall health.
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