While we carefully wash all our fruits & veggies, apples have a food-grade wax covering the outside of the skin that doesn’t wash off easily.
Recently Joy In My Kitchen posted an excellant article on how to remove the wax from your apples. It's a great article so take the time to view it.
While you are peeling those ORGANIC apples (I never suggest using the peel from any apples, oranges, limes or lemons that are not organic) don't forget to save them and make some yummy Honey Apple Tea. I also found this recipe from Joy In My Kitchen
Apple Honey Tea
6 apple peels from Organic Apples
3-4 C water
1/2 tsp. cinnamon (or 1 cinnamon stick)
1 T local honey
1 T lemon juice
- Place apple peels in a sauce pan. Cover with water and lemon juice and cinnamon
- Bring to a boil for 10-15 minutes, until liquid is colorful and appley.
- Strain out the apple peels using a colander positioned over a large bowl.
- Then, add in the honey. Taste... add additional honey or cinnamon to taste.
- If you are serving right away, you may choose to add a cinnamon stick in place of ground cinnamon. Then, to keep the tea warm, transfer to a crockpot set to "low" or "warm".
**To make ahead for a frugal holiday party beverage, just boil the apple peels and then freeze the liquid. Add to your crockpot about 3 hours before serving, and heat through adding lemon, honey and cinnamon sticks to taste. Serve warm from the crockpot.**