There’s a common myth that vegetables and fruits should be peeled when eating. Some say that the fibres or the layer of peel on the top is rather useless. Well, you can say it is tasteless, but surely not useless. In fact, these peels have some of the highest levels of nutrients in them.
So here’s a list of vegetables and fruits that you must stop peeling
Did you know that the layer of peel on potatoes is actually very rich in potassium? It also contains high amounts of fibers along with other minerals that are not found underneath the peel. So along with starch, there is oodles of benefits for you in the potato peel. Use and eat them.
Some say that apple peels contain wax and chemicals for giving that added shine. Others just don’t like the taste of it. Either ways, apple peels are laden with high fibre and nutrients that provide immense nutritional value. They contain twice the number of vitamins and minerals as compared to the fruit.
Like potatoes, cucumbers are too peeled off many a times in salads, dishes, etc. But cucumber peel is rich in water, fibre and other cooling agents that are not found in the actual fruit. Plus you save that extra time on peeling too.
The crunchy carrot fibres are a little bitter at times, but with the right scraping you don’t have to peel them. In fact, they too are rich in different kinds of minerals and vitamins like your cucumber.
Yes, the peel of melon is kind of hard and not really edible in the raw form but it is also rich in nutrients. Some tribal groups do have it in their raw form due to immense medicinal value. Also, it can be cooked and used as a vegetable.
Lemons And Lime
The zest of lemon and limes are laden with the richness of vitamins. What you don’t know is that this zest is known to curb the growth of cancer and also prevent it. You should stop peeling the zest when using whole lemons or lime or try to use them as much as possible.
Cooked beetroot peel is rather similar in taste to that of potato peel. In fact, in some cultures, this peel is known as a delicacy. You can use the peel of the potatoes when making chips or other similar cooked forms of beetroot to get minerals like potassium and zinc.
Aubergine Or Brinjals
Eggplant is just another name for aubergine or brinjals. This vegetable is often ridden off the peel for taste reasons. But if you get thin peeled or rather soft ones in the market, there is no need to get rid of the peel. You can have it right with the peel in fried or baked versions.
The peel of the raw mango is laden with the richness of fibers along with nutrients like vitamins and minerals. You can use the peel in different forms of juices and purees, etc. It also contains iron.
Grapes should not be peeled unless you are giving it an infant. The antioxidants found in grapes are laden with nutrients too. So with the peel, not only do you get a better digestive system, but you are also assured of staying younger for a longer time.