Zest and peel involve the outer part of citrus fruit.
Zest means enthusiasm, energy and excitement. Zest is also small pieces of citrus fruit peel. Zesting is to remove the peel with a grater to add to food and drinks, or to preserve it by drying. So, zest is grated peel.
The peel of citrus fruit can be peeled off – shaved off – with a scraper, parer, or peeler (a vegetable peeler). This leaves the peel in more substantial pieces which can be added to food and drinks. It can also be decorative.
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