When you think of a red amber-colored tea, you probably don’t immediately think of onion peels. Rosehip maybe yes, but onion peels? Isn’t that disgusting? And is that healthy at all? Well, the proof of the pudding is in eating it, in this case drinking. We have tried this onion peel tea, and found it delicious! And later in this article we will also discuss the beneficial health aspects.
How do you make onion peel tea?
You can probably already guess that this will not the hardest recipe you have ever made in your live. Probably the mental barrier to reuse your onion peels in a tea is bigger than making the tea at all. But why not give it a try?
This is a typical leftover processing. So keep your onion peels separate when you process onion in your dish. And if you want to relax in the evening with a delicious tea, you can use the onion peels for that.
You actually have two ways to make this onion tea.
The tea method
For the tea method you need a pressure cooker and a tea infuser. Boil water in the pressure cooker and fill the tea infuser with the onion peels. Then you bath the infuser in the hot water. If you use red onions your tea will color quickly and intensely. With white onions the color will remain lighter.
The broth method
Another method is the so-called broth method. Here we boil the water with the loose onion peels in it. But you don’t want those peels in your tea, let alone in your mouth. So you have to strain the brewed tea afterwards.
Further flavoring onion peel tea
I often drink the onion peel tea without any further additions. It is very soothing, soft and relaxing. Optionally you can also add a small piece of real onion in the infuser. That also gives a nice taste.
And then of course there are the traditional flavorings for the tea. To sweeten I never use sugar, but honey instead. And I also like to add some lemon juice. Be careful with the amount here, because it bleaches the deep red amber color, which is so typical for this tea.
Other tasty and healthy flavorings are a piece of ginger or turmeric.
What type of onion do I use for onion peel tea?
In principle, you can make this tea from any type of onion. But as you can already guess, the degree to which the tea colors will vary greatly, depending on the type of onion you use. From deep amber red with red onions to light brown and yellowish with white onions.
But you can also make this tea with the peel of shallots. That works just as well. I've even gone so far as to add the skin of garlic to it as well. It adds a delicious flavor!
Health benefits of onion peel tea
That onions are healthy does not need any more argument. And the peel of vegetables and fruits in general contains the most healthy substances. So also our onions. And if we soak them in water, these substances naturally end up in the tea as well.
But what exactly makes an onion peel so healthy?
Onion peels contain polyphenols. That is a difficult word, but if we say that these are antioxidants, maybe a light will go on. Antioxidants catch free radicals. These are harmful substances that are released during the combustion of oxygen in our body. And they damage our cells and our DNA. So if we drink onion tea, we catch these harmful substances that cause heart and vascular diseases, among other things. That is why onion tea is a soothing anti-aging tea.
Read more about the health benefits of onion tea in the following articles:
- Save those onion peels! Tea made from them can powerfully lower inflammation + speed weight loss (First for women).
- 8 surprising benefits of onion peels you should know (Only my health).
- Stop throwing onion peels, here's how you can use them effectively (Times of India).
- Stop tossing your garlic and onion skins: here are 6 incredible reasons why (The manual).
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Tea and coffee are the best-known and most widespread hot drinks worldwide. But here too, a little variation on the menu certainly can't hurt. Therefore, be sure to try the following recipes for these hot drinks:
Now that you have taken the step to reuse onion peels, the next step in waste processing is not far away. To do this, we are targeting banana peels. They are good for so many things. But you can also use them for lunch and eat them in a tasty banana peel curry. And that too will be a healthy, tasty and cheap meal. I promise!
If you speak Dutch, you can find the Dutch version of this recipe on gerechtenweb.blog.