All of you know that oranges are loaded with vitamin C. But did you know that steamed orange with salt is a home remedy for persistent cough? Let’s find out how.
First, let us take a look at the anatomy of orange, according to Geochembio:
Albedo, is the white spongy thread-like vascular bundles that is always thrown away. It is loaded with bioflavonoids, which includes rutin, hesperidin, diosmetin, diosmin , quercetin, etc. It is a great source of vitamin C, fiber and pectin, which has proven to help in lowering cholesterol. Also, albedo contains protective phenolic, a substance that contributes to its bitter taste.
Flavedo is the outermost and colored part of the orange skin. Also, it is known as “zest” which is sometimes grated and used for its tangy flavor in cooking and baking.
Vesicles or pulp is the juicy part that we consume, and is an excellent source of flavonoids and vitamin C. Just taking 1 orange nearly meet the recommended daily dietary intake of vitamin C.
Benefits of Steamed Orange:
Vitamin c can be destroyed through excessive heat, so why then do we steam orange? This is because of albedo, the most forgotten part of the orange fruit, yet surprisingly nutritious.
By steaming the orange with salt, the bioflavonoids from albedo are extracted out into the juice and pulp, which now instead of being thrown away, we gulp them down readily.
Steamed Orange with Salt Cough Remedy
1. Soak the orange using salt water for 20 minutes.
2. Slice the top of the orange, about 2 cm from the top, to resemble a cover or cap.
3. Make multiple holes in the top of the orange by poking a fork through.
4. Sprinkle about ½ to 1 teaspoon of salt over and allow to dissolve and seep into the orange.
5. Cover the orange using its top.
6. Place the orange into an empty bowl.
7. Put the orange in a steamer for at least 15-20 minutes.
8. Serve warm.
9. Drink the juice and eat the pulp.
Note: If your cough symptoms still persist, consult your doctor.
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