Lemon Peel Tea


Lemons originated in South Asia. They appeared in Europe in the 2nd century and spread through Europe, the Mideast and eventually North America. Not just the flesh and juice were used to create treats. Dried lemon peels were enjoyed as a tea. Stained glass candy with lemon peels provided relief from sore throats in the 18th century – the candy is even mentioned in Martha Washington’s cookbook! Candied lemon peels were used in cakes and enjoyed as a sour and sweet snack in the 1700s. Enjoy lemon peel tea with the sweetener of your choice or add to other botanicals!



The lemon has had a presence in North American since Spanish explorers started spreading the seed around Florida and other warm-weather areas. By the time of the Colonists, the lemon was cultivated and regularly shipped to northern ports, such as Philadelphia. Like their counterparts in Europe, the Colonists enjoyed all parts of the fruit – the pulp, juice and peel, which they cooked, candied, and dried to use in beverages and desserts. The peel contains calcium, vitamin C, Potassium and fiber. Add lemon peel to tea blends, beverages, cocktails, confections, chicken or fish dishes or blend into soups and smoothies. You can also use the peels in potpourri and simmering spice mixes.

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