As terrible as COVID has been, I try to focus on the many blessings we have everyday. This year has been a fruitful one for us. Many of our fruit trees produced their first crop this year, just like these oranges used for this recipe. They came from a tiny, unimpressive tree, that sang out look at me and all that I can be. Fruitful blessings.
Like a stain glass window these orange slices peer into my bitter sweet childhood memories of driving to the city to visit my great-aunt. I always felt sick to my stomach and she would prepare me a tea with dried orange peels in it. Later as an adult I realized that I suffer from motion sickness. I would not go as far to say that orange peels are a cure for motion sickness, but it is noted in Paul Pitchford’s book, “Healing with Whole Foods,” that the orange peel does have some digestion benefits. Not only that, but you can find that they are a source of fiber, calcium, along with vitamins A,B, and C. If you read up on it, you will find that they have other beneficial properties, too. I would just recommend that you only use non-sprayed oranges.
- Mix together the chai spice with some coarse sugar
- Slice as thin as possible
- Sprinkle the chai spice mix over each slice
- Lay in single layer slices onto the dehydrator trays
I remember my mom would try to peel the whole orange in one continuous swirl and I had fun playing with it like a slinky. She then would let the peels dry up to be used later in our teas. Now, with my new dehydrator that my son gifted me this last holiday, I don’t have to wait days for my orange peels to dry up. I can have a jar of peels in just hours. This time around, I made these dehydrated orange slices that are great in tea, cocktails or even as decoration for a dessert plate.
Chai Spiced Dehydrated Oranges
- 2 Oranges
- 2 tsp Coarse Sugar
- 2 tsp Chia Spice mix
- Clean the outside of the oranges
- Slice as thin as you can so you get round slices
- Mix sugar and chai spice then sprinkle on orange slices
- Lay in a single layer the orange slices on the dehydrator trays. Turn on at 145°F for 3 hours. Depending on the thickness of the slices, you may need to dehydrate longer. Once done to your liking, place in a jar and seal it. You can dehydrate them again if they soften up.