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