Pineapple Skin Tea (Anti-Inflammatory Tea)

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This pineapple skin tea combines the power of pineapple peel, turmeric, ginger, honey, and more for a sweet, flavorful anti-inflammatory tea! 

A jug with a small sieve filled with pineapple tea

After years as a food blogger, I’m always on the hunt for ways to reduce my food waste. This pineapple skin tea is something I stumbled upon recently, and I’m so sorry that it’s taken me this long to discover – all that pineapple peel I could have transformed into delicious, flavorful anti-inflammatory tea (aka pineapple tea)!

This pineapple skin tea is inspired by a popular traditional Jamaican similar drink combining pineapple peel with ginger, orange/lemon juice, and several other additions. Luckily, it’s now in my life, I added a couple of extra ingredients, and I think you very well may love it as much as I do.

A bottle with pineapple tea laying on a wooden board

I’m no stranger to combining turmeric and ginger for their excellent health and anti-inflammatory benefits (like these Ginger Turmeric Energy ShotsOne-Pot Turmeric, Ginger &Pumpkin Soup, and Simple Golden Spice (Golden Milk Powder). However, the addition of pineapple peel adds extra flavor and anti-inflammatory benefits to the tea!

Pineapple Skin Benefits

Pineapple contains (including the pineapple peel and core) a powerful enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme with anti-inflammatory benefits and has been used medicinally for centuries.

Currently, bromelain is used for several purposes – when ingested, it is likely to reduce inflammation and swelling of the nasal passages and throat. However, it also helps prevent blood clotting and encourages the formation of new red blood cells, which may be beneficial for treating cardiovascular diseases.

A large glass pot with pineapple peel tea

There have also been several studies to show that bromelain has the potential to help with several inflammation-related diseases. These include osteoarthritis, asthma, chronic sinusitis, colitis, and even cancer.

It is also rich in immune-boosting vitamin C and may also help with digestion issues and fighting intestinal parasites.

Top Tip: It’s important to note that bromelain can interact with several medications, including anticoagulants and antibiotics. If you’re unsure, then it’s always best to consult a medical doctor before trying this pineapple tea.

Top Tips For Pineapple Peel Tea

  • Make sure to thoroughly wash the pineapple before using the pineapple peel (method included below). 
  • You can collect pineapple scraps in a bag in the freezer until you’re ready to make a batch of this pineapple tea. 
  • Add a pinch of black pepper to each serving of tea (you won’t taste it). This is needed to help our bodies fully absorb the turmeric nutrients.

The Ingredients

Ingredients for Pineapple Peel Tea
  • Pineapple peel: use the core too for even more bromelain
  • Orange & lemon: make sure to use fresh orange and lemon juice. I used a blood orange since I had one in my house. Feel free to use regular orange instead. You can optionally add that peel to the tea too, but I usually use it for this Non-Toxic Natural All-Purpose Citrus Cleaner.
  • Aromatics: ginger and turmeric. I prefer to use fresh rather than powdered for this pineapple tea, so you don’t have the ground spice’s sediment in the liquid. 
  • Herbs & spices: cinnamon sticks, cayenne pepper (optional) or black pepper (to help our bodies absorb the curcumin in turmeric), and rosemary. You can experiment with other herbs that pair well with pineapple, too – mint, lemon basil, basil, sage, etc. 
  • Sweetener: I used honey. For a vegan option, you could use maple syrup.

Chef’s note: All of these ingredients were carefully chosen for their flavor as well as their health benefits. For example, cinnamon has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties while boosting gut health, digestive health, and lowering blood pressure and sugar levels. Meanwhile, cayenne pepper is metabolism-boosting, can lower blood pressure, aids digestive health, has anti-cancer properties, and may even relieve pain. So, all of the ingredients boost the pineapple tea benefits!

How To Make Pineapple Skin Tea

Step 1: Clean the pineapple

It’s essential to clean the pineapple skin thoroughly. You can do this by scrubbing the pineapple thoroughly with a vegetable brush. I like to do a vinegar soak – which helps to remove bacteria and pesticides from the skin.

Fill a large pot with enough water to submerge the pineapple body and add 1-2 Tbsp of vinegar – this shouldn’t affect the pineapple’s flavor.

Allow it to soak for between 20-30 minutes, then rinse well with clean water.

Soaking pineapple in water

Step 2: Remove the peel

Pat the rinsed pineapple dry and then remove the peel with a sharp paring knife. You can also use the pineapple core (I didn’t this time as I was using whole slices for a recipe, for presentation).

The pineapple flesh can be eaten as a snack or stored in the fridge/freezer to make smoothies.

Pineapple peel on a wooden surface

Step 3: Prepare the remaining ingredients

Prepare the ginger and turmeric roots by washing and peeling them and then grating them using a garlic grating dish or a fine grater.

You can slice them and slightly ‘bruise’ them by bashing with the knife handle’s hilt, but I find that the flavors infuse much better when grated.

Grated turmeric in a small bowl and grated ginger in another small bowl

Do this step with gloves on as the turmeric WILL stain your skin.

Then, juice the lemon and oranges – you can do this with an electric or manual juicer.

Step 4: Brew the pineapple tea

Add all of the ingredients (except the honey) into a large pot with water and heat over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then allow to simmer for an hour – the longer it simmers, the more flavorful it will become.

Steps for making pineapple tea

Step 5: Sieve and decant the pineapple skin tea

Allow the tea to cool down slightly before you sieve it and transfer it to bottles.

Optionally, forego the sieve and remove the large pieces of pineapple skin and the rosemary. However, you will then have some remaining pulp in the drink.

You can add a little sweetener now (I used honey), or just before serving it, or omit this entirely.

A small bowl with honey over a pot with pineapple tea

The pineapple tea is then ready to drink immediately or store for later.

How To Serve

You can enjoy the anti-inflammatory warm or cold. It can be enjoyed alone or added to other drinks, including lemonade and cocktails in place of pineapple juice. 

How To Store

Fridge: Store the leftover pineapple skin tea in airtight glass containers (so they don’t stain) in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Freeze: The pineapple tea can also be frozen into ice-cubes to add to drinks or thaw and consume.

Ice cube tray with pineapple tea

How to use the leftover pulp?

After removing the rosemary and cinnamon sticks from the anti-inflammatory tea, there’s no need to discard the leftover pulp. This can still be used in several ways:

To create a pineapple juice: While lots of the flavor will be in the brewed tea, you can add all of the leftover pulp to a blender with some water and then sieve for a juice. As you haven’t ‘squeezed’ the peel before, there should still be plenty of flavor left to work with.

Pineapple mash in ice cube tray

Blended into pulp: Blend the pineapple peel and leftover ginger and turmeric sediment into a pulpy mush. This can be frozen into ice cubes and then used in several ways.

  • To add to smoothies.
  • Add to marinades and stocks.
  • To make a single portion of hot tea.

If you try this Pineapple Skin Tea recipe, then let me know your thoughts and questions in the comments. I’d also really appreciate a recipe rating and would love to see your recreations – just tag @AlphaFoodie.

Pineapple Peel Tea

4.95 from 67 votes
By: Samira
This pineapple skin tea combines the power of pineapple peel, turmeric, ginger, honey, and more for a sweet, flavorful anti-inflammatory tea! 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 16 cups

Ingredients 
 

  • 17 cups water
  • 1 pineapple large, the peel and core
  • 2 oranges any variety
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp turmeric grated
  • 3 Tbsp ginger grated
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper or fresh black pepper (for absorbing turmeric nutrients)
  • 2 sprigs rosemary or thyme, basil, lemon thyme, etc.
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 Tbsp honey optional, can be added in teaspoons when serving the tea. OR maple syrup for vegan.

Instructions 

Step 1: Clean the pineapple

  • It's essential to clean the pineapple skin thoroughly. You can do this by scrubbing the pineapple thoroughly with a vegetable brush. I like to do a vinegar soak – which helps to remove bacteria and pesticides from the skin.
    Fill a large pot with enough water to submerge the pineapple body and add 1-2 tbsp of vinegar – this shouldn't affect the pineapple's flavor.
    Allow it to soak for between 20-30 minutes, then rinse well with clean water.

Step 2: Remove the peel

  • Pat the rinsed pineapple dry and then remove the peel with a sharp paring knife. You can also use the pineapple core.
    The pineapple flesh can be eaten as a snack or stored in the fridge/freezer to make smoothies.

Step 3: Prepare the remaining ingredients

  • Prepare the ginger and turmeric roots by washing and peeling them and then grating them using a garlic grating dish or a fine grater. Do this step with gloves on as the turmeric WILL stain your skin.
    You can alternatively slice them and slightly 'bruise' the pieces by bashing with the knife handle's hilt, but I find that the flavors infuse much better when grated.
  • Juice the lemon and oranges.

Step 4: Brew the pineapple tea

  • Add all of the ingredients (except the honey) into a large pot with water and heat over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then allow to simmer for an hour – the longer it simmers, the more flavorful it will become.

Step 5: Sieve and decant the pineapple skin tea

  • Allow the tea to cool down slightly before you sieve it and transfer it to bottles.
    Optionally, forego the sieve and remove the large pieces of pineapple skin and the rosemary. However, you will then have some remaining pulp in the drink.
  • You can add a little sweetener now (I used honey), or just before serving it, or omit this entirely.
    The pineapple tea is then ready to drink immediately or store for later.

How To Serve

  • You can enjoy the pineapple tea warm or cold. It can be enjoyed alone or added to other drinks, including lemonade and cocktails in place of pineapple juice.

How To Store

  • Fridge: Store the leftover pineapple skin tea in airtight glass containers (so they don't stain) in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
    Freeze: The pineapple tea can also be frozen into ice-cubes to add to drinks or thaw and consume for between 1-2 months.

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Notes

  • Make sure to thoroughly wash the pineapple before using the pineapple peel (method included below). 
  • You can collect pineapple scraps in a bag in the freezer until you’re ready to make a batch of this pineapple tea. 
  • Add a pinch of black pepper to each serving of tea (you won’t taste it). This is needed to help our bodies fully absorb the turmeric nutrients.
  • There’s no need to throw out the boiled pineapple skins – read the FAQ just above this recipe card on ways to use the leftover boiled ingredients. 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Caribbean
Freezer friendly: 2 Months
Shelf life: 10 Days

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cup, Calories: 55kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 14mg, Potassium: 133mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 99IU, Vitamin C: 40mg, Calcium: 30mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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86 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious and warming for winter! The cayenne reminds me of the zing you get from Mayan Eyes hot chocolate. Thank you for your practical and healthy-feeling recipe.

  2. To reap the benefits of this drink. Can this drink be consumed everyday or once a month. Like anything, too much of something is not good for you.

  3. Hi! I am making this tea tomorrow – what exactly do I do with the oranges? Peel them and put the orange segments in there? Put them in whole with the peel?

    1. Hi Kristin,
      The oranges and lemon are juiced. Then their juice is brewed with the rest of the ingredients.

    2. I cut the oranges in half. Squeeze as much juice as I can into the pot of water with the pineapple skin the pineapple skin and then I dropped the whole Orange into the pot of water and boil it with the skin.

  4. I love the recipe! I like to boil the pineapple skin and add couple green tea bags as my morning boost and now this recipe is my afternoon relaxing, thanks

  5. 4 stars
    I made this the other night and not as bad as I thought it would be. It’s a keeper. How many cups should one drink a day to be effective for gut cleaning?

    1. Hi Celena,
      I’m glad you liked it. One serving (cup) a day would be sufficient, that is if you manage to only stick to one a day 😉

  6. 5 stars
    I made it yesterday and it is so delicious! It is also a great idea in order not to waste the pineapple cores.
    Thank you alot for the recipe.

      1. I don’t put all those ingredients. Every morning I have fruit for breakfast. I have a slice of pineapple with my fruits. I don’t peel the whole pineapple at once. I just cut a slice and put the peel from the slice in an insulated cup along with some cinnamon. I just fill the cup with boiling water, cover and leave it. Then at night for dinner, I just strain and drink without any other additions.

      2. Thank you for your comment, Cher. This is a great “hack”. Alternatively, you can keep the peel in the freezer until you have enough to make a big batch of the tea if wanted.

      3. Hi there,
        If the cayenne pepper is too strong for you, you can always decrease the amount – use 1/4 or even 1/8 tsp. Or try black pepper the next time you make it.
        I hope you give it another try! 🙂

      4. 5 stars
        Very delicious. I grew up drinking this drink without knowing the health benefits of the pineapple skin.
        We didn’t know about turmeric at that time so we made it with cinnamon and cloves.

      5. There are so many things we still need to learn. 🙂 I’m glad you liked it, Shelby.

      1. Want to try this. Can powder tumeric be used if don’t have any fresh? Also, lemon juice if no lemon?
        Thanks!

      2. It’s best to use fresh turmeric and freshly squeezed lemon juice. If not available, you can use about 1 Tbsp turmeric powder and 3 Tbsp lemon juice. I hope this helps.

    1. I now buy the pineapple for the skin and eventually eat the fruit as well. Super recipe! Made it at least 15 times. I also plant the top of the pineapple afterwards. It’s addictive

      1. Thank you so much for your comment, Soph! So happy you are enjoying the recipe!