Orange/Lemon rinds are not supposed to be bitter

I learned this today after a co-worker of mine used orange rinds mixed with cream cheese as cupcake icing (a strange way of making icing; the taste kind of resembles orange yogurt). I’ve always been nervous about making my own “orange (or lemon) rinds” for anything because from past experience of eating an orange rind, I recall it tasted bitter and disgusting. Apparently it’s only the white parts that are bitter. If you only grate the coloured parts it should not be bitter.

Citrus fruit’s rinds contain a high concentration of the oils that provide the aroma, making them better to use than the juice or artificial flavourings for certain recipes that calls for a tinge of citrus-ness.


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