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Zero waste fruity iced tea

Summertime means a surplus of lemons, peaches, plums and berries in my kitchen. Citrus peels are super flavourful and contain more vitamin C and fiber than the actual fruits themselves. With this Zero Waste Iced Tea, you can sip on a refreshing drink while reducing your food waste AND reaping more nutritional benefits! 


  • 2 cups washed stone fruit cores, such as plums, peaches, and nectarines
  • 2 past their prime lemons, cut in half
  • 8 cups water
  • 3-5 compostable tea bags of choice such as black, green, rooibos, or mix and match
  • Honey, maple syrup or other liquid sweetener to taste
  • Optional add Ins: cut fruit, berries, citrus wedges, fresh mint, thyme, or basil
  • Other fruit scraps you could use up: Kiwi rinds, cut strawberry tops that still have some fruit on them, mushy or bruised berries or cherries, apple cores, pineapple cores, mango cores, pear cores


  1. Place fruit cores into pot, cover with water and bring to boil. Simmer scraps for about ten minutes to infuse water with flavour. Take off heat.
  2. Place tea bags in water to steep five to ten minutes depending on how strong you like your iced tea.
  3. Strain and transfer liquid to pitcher, using a ladle may help. Add in sweetener of choice to taste and refrigerate tea for at least two hours to cool. Option to add in cut fruit, citrus, berries or herbs for extra flavour to infuse. Serve over ice or you could even mix with fizzy water!
  4. Food Waste Tip: Store usable washed fruit scraps in your freezer to preserve scraps for your next fruity iced tea.

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