The Last Thing To Do Before Throwing Away Pineapple Peels

Have you ever found yourself with a heap of peels and rinds after slicing a fresh pineapple, unsure what to do with them other than discarding? Well, don't toss them into the compost bin just yet. There's a clever way to repurpose pineapple rinds that gives us an enticing reason to choose fresh pineapples over their pre-sliced, pre-packaged, or canned counterparts. 

After making pineapple upside-down cake or pineapple fruit salad, the last thing to do before throwing away pineapple peels is to craft a delicious and refreshing tropical tea. The result is a freshly brewed fruit tea made from the pineapple's flavorful rinds. This home-brewed tea is both delicious and potentially beneficial to your health. 

Pineapple is chock-full of nutrients and antioxidants and may help decrease the risk of cancer, boost immunity, and lower inflammation. To reap these benefits, it may still be best to eat fresh pineapples. However, homemade pineapple tea crafted from fresh pineapple peels may still provide benefits such as aiding in digestion. And preparing tea with pineapple peels is relatively straightforward. 

Craft a delicious tea with pineapple peels

Start by scrubbing down the pineapple peels, then add them to a saucepan of water and simmer for up to 15 minutes. This will help infuse the water with the peel's flavor. Strain the boiled mixture through a sieve directly into a mug (or mugs if you're sharing this yummy concoction). The beauty of this home-brewed tea is its versatility — you can savor it hot, warm, or even cold over ice, fitting your mood or the weather. Sweeteners such as sugar, honey, or agave syrup can be added for those who prefer a bit of sweetness.

The final result is more than a cup of tea. It's a fun brew that brings the tropical essence of pineapple to tea time at home while repurposing the often-discarded, overlooked pineapple peels. 

So, the next time a whole pineapple finds its way into your shopping cart, remember the untapped potential in its pretty peel. Instead of composting it, use it to brew a flavorful, tropical tea — a resourceful and delectable way to get the most out of your pineapple.