Do you remove orange or lemon peel when juicing them?

by Virginia (New York, NY)


What do you do with the orange peel and lemon peel when you want to juice them? Do you include the peel as well or first peel the fruit and eliminate the peel?



Sara Says:

In most fruits (and root vegetables), the best vitamins and minerals are found just underneath the skin. Even though orange peel (with the albedo — the white matter under the peel) are edible in small amounts as in marmalade jam, they are rather bitter so are not included in juices. A certain ingredient in orange peel may cause a reaction in some people.

Lemon and lime peel on the other hand, are not as bitter as orange peel so I do include them whole in my juices.

My favorite concoction to boost immune system:

  • 1 whole lemon (with peel)
  • 1 inch of ginger, cleaned
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey

Mix this mixture in 200ml hot water and sip. Very soothing for the throat.

Please also check out the Lime and Lemon page; and the Health Benefits of Oranges.

Happy juicing !


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One thought on “Do you remove orange or lemon peel when juicing them?

  1. Elizabeth

    Lately, Ive been striping the lemons, limes, and oranges when I juice them. I use a paring knife or cheese slicer. I basically end up taking off half the peel, so I take the striped off peel and make flavored water from it. That way the juice retains some of the nutrition in the peel, yet it isn’t so bitter to drink.


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