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May We Recommend: Steeping Pineapple Peels

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Wait! Don’t throw out that pineapple shell!

Really, it’s extremely useful as I discovered recently after a friend from Peru watched me almost trash what I thought were scraps and yelled; “Wait! Don’t throw out that pineapple shell.”

She told me to cut the rind and place the pieces in a pitcher, cover them with boiling water and add cinnamon sticks. About 20 minutes later – there’s a soothing drink to be enjoyed either warmed up OR at room temp OR packed with ice for a summer refresher.

After this conversation I bought a few pineapples and started experimenting. Here are just a few other ingredients that I’ve found make a most pleasant beverage that has almost zero calories and costs almost zero extra:

  • A few whole cloves
  • A broken cinnamon stick
  • A small chunk or two of peeled, fresh ginger
  • Several slightly crushed cardamom pods
  • A small piece of vanilla bean (split open)
  • Fresh mint, lemon verbena or lemon thyme
  • A slice or two of fresh orange

I am sure there are others, as with any tea or tisane, enhance the liquid with whatever you fancy. Maybe even a splash or two of rum.

Ronnie Fein is a cookbook author, food writer and cooking teacher in Stamford. She is the author of The Modern Kosher Kitchen and Hip Kosher. Visit her food blog, Kitchen Vignettes, at, friend on Facebook at RonnieVailFein, Twitter at @RonnieVFein, Instagram at RonnieVFein

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