Candied Fruit Rinds

Candied fruit rinds were enjoyed during the Middle Ages as a way to sweeten the breath.

Makes: 20Hands-on: 45 minutesTotal: 1 hour 45 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Makes: 20


  • 1 large navel orange
  • 1 medium grapefruit
  • 2 large limes
  • 1⁄4 cup water
  • 1⁄8 salt
  • 3⁄4 cup sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup honey
  • 1⁄4 cup superfine sugar


  • Peel citrus fruit; remove as much pith as possible. Place peels in enough water to cover. Bring to a full boil; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Change water and repeat; this reduces bitterness. Cool; slice citrus into strips about 1⁄4 inch thick.
  • Mix water, salt, honey, and sugar; bring to a simmer. Put peels in syrup; continue simmering about 25 minutes.
  • Turn off heat; let rinds sit in syrup. Remove rind pieces from syrup; dry on a rack over waxed paper. Sprinkle with fine sugar; store in an airtight container.