Did you Know? Onion skin and peels are rich in antioxidants and quercetin and have anti-obesity effects. Several clinical trials and studies confirmed their usefulness. A clinical trial on 72 men and women in South Korea showed positive results. The study found a decrease in BMI and body fat percentage in 12 weeks of consumption, check it out here.
Onion skin and peels are usually thrown. Did you ever wonder they can be useful? These onion skin uses will open your eyes.
Why Save The Skins?
Onions and garlic are possibly the most widely used vegetables in all world cuisines. But most of us throw away their outer skins and peels. That papery covering may seem like just throw-away packaging, but you’ll be surprised to learn they are actually nutrient dense and have a several households uses as well.
Plants are stationary by nature, producing everything they need to defend, protect, and heal themselves. Therefore, it makes sense that plants would concentrate many of their protective properties in the outer coverings where most environmental attacks take place. The outer skins of onion and garlic provide an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E, and numerous antioxidants. The skins of onions are also a rich source of flavonoids, particularly quercetin, a potent antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory.
Peeling garlic removes the phenylpropanoid antioxidants which protects the heart and helps to fight the aging process along with helping to boost immunity and lower cholesterol. Don’t be surprised when you start seeing garlic skins in health products on the market!
Onion Skin Uses in Garden
Send them in Compost Bin
You can compost onion skins and peelings and get nutrient-rich compost in a result. To counter their rotting smell–bury them a few inches deep in your compost pile. Avoid adding them in your worm composting bin.
Mulch Your Garden
Use the leftover onion skins for mulching. The dry peels will decompose soon and enrich your soil with potassium and calcium.
Make Onion Skin Fertilizer
Don’t throw away the onion skins, use them to create organic potassium-rich fertilizer for all your plants growing indoors or outdoors. Using it will increase their disease resistance, growth, strong stems, and productivity. This onion skin fertilizer will also be rich in Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, and Copper.
To make, take 2-3 handfuls or a bowl of onion skins and soak them in 1-liter water for the next 24 hours. The water will be colored and thick, strain it in a jar. Your onion skin tea fertilizer is ready. Feed your plants with it 3-4 times in a month, experiment and share the results.
Other Onion Skin Uses
Make an Onion Peel Tea
Use blemish-free onion peels and skin to make healthy onion peel tea. It can suppress obesity says this study. Also, drinking onion peel tea can reduce allergy-related issues, high blood pressure, and infections because it’s rich in quercetin. The recipe is here.
Get Rid of Leg Cramps
Though there is no concrete evidence or studies to refer that onion peels and skin can cure leg cramps, you can still try this home remedy, and it may work because of the anti-inflammatory properties of OP. Boil the peels in water for 10-15 minutes, remove only the infused water or tea and drink it before the bed. Consume it for at least a week to see the difference.
Add Onion Skins to Stock and Soup Recipes
You can use onion skins to darken stock and give vibrant color your soups and gravies. The skins may not affect the flavor but improve the appearance of the item you’re cooking. And, don’t forget the nutrients, onion skin is richer in antioxidants than the onion itself.
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