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Orange peel, likely not what comes to mind when contemplating herbs. Ancient healing practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine definitely did, though. Actually the use of orange zest originated in oriental cuisine with the knowledge of its health benefits, flavor was an added bonus. Of course there is good nutrition in eating the pulp inside an orange but the rind is more nutrient dense, packed with antioxidants and essential oils. The compounds in orange peel stimulate hydrochloric acid production in the stomach, which is essential for digestion helping to relieve gas or abdominal bloating. Using the whole orange also provides healthy fiber, something that is lost if just drinking orange juice for breakfast. Honestly, though, I am not suggesting that we start eating unpeeled oranges, just consider more ways to reap the total citrus benefit. I think you will love these cupcakes.