Canarino- anti-cancer recipes- cook for your life
Canarino - using lemon zest to make a delicious tea
Servings: 1
Prep time: 15

I was first introduced to this Canarino in Milan and was amazed to find how much taste could come out of a strip of lemon peel. The name means ‘Canary’ aptly describes the color of this lovely herbal tea. I found it much more enjoyable to drink than lemon water during chemo. This light digestible drink has all the aroma of lemon but none of the sourness, in fact I think it’s best without any sweeteners, so try a sip first before adding sugar or honey.


  1. With a sharp knife or peeler, thinly shave off a 1-inch long strip of peel off the lemon, one per cup. Take care not to include the white pith.
  2. Put the strip of peel into a cup or mug and pour boiling water over it. Steep for 3 to 5 minutes to get a delicious pale yellow cup of lemony Canarino.


  • 1 lemon, well washed and dried (See Ann’s Tip)
  • Boiling filtered water
  • Sugar or honey, to taste (optional)

Nutritional Information


16 cals


0 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0 g

Monounsaturated Fat

0 g


5 g


1 g


2 g


1 g


1 mg

*per serving

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Ann's Tips and Tricks

Try to buy organic citrus when using the peel for cooking, especially when in chemo treatment. Regular citrus peel can have more pesticides on it.




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