Chenpi 陳皮

Chenpi is the entire peel removed from ripe mandarin oranges. The peel is best dried under sunlight. Dried peel will turn brown on one side and stay cream colour on the underside. It tastes slightly bitter. The medicinal properties of the peel increases with age. Chenpi is well known for its function to treat gastric and abdominal distension, loss of appetite, alleviates nausea, and to help dissipate phlegm.
Chenpi is used as a seasoning in Cantonese cuisine. It is added to soups, steamed seafood, in congee, in red bean dessert, and sweetened as a snack. It is also one of the seven ingredients in a Japanese spice mixture shichimi togarashi.