How to Carve Citrus Fruits

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How to Carve Citrus Fruits
Vibrant citrus fruit carvings add interest to dinner plates. (Lime and lemon slice image by Andrejs Pidjass from

Citrus fruits aren't just for eating. You can carve them to create fresh and vibrant garnishes and decor pieces using a few simple techniques and a little creativity. Citrus fruit carvings are inexpensive to make but will make a big impression on dinner party guests. The carvings will instantly jazz up desserts, appetizer platters, dip trays and even main courses such as baked or grilled fish. If you're serving a bland-coloured meal, include a small citrus fruit carving on each guest's plate to liven it up.

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Things you need

  • Whole lemon
  • Carving knife
  • Cutting board
  • Whole lime

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  1. 1

    Place a whole lemon on a cutting board.

  2. 2

    Use a sharp carving knife to make saw tooth-shaped cuts around the centre of a lemon. Cut all the through the centre of the fruit.

  3. 3

    Twist the lemon and pull it apart to reveal two star-shaped halves.

  1. 1

    Hold a whole lime in your hand lengthwise.

  2. 2

    Use a sharp cutting knife to create a curving, unbroken strip of lime rind. Create a 1/2-inch cut at the top of the lime. Slice through just the lime rind, leaving the white pith attached to the fruit. Continue cutting the rind in a circular motion until you reach the bottom of the fruit.

  3. 3

    Remove the rind from the lime. Roll the rind strip into a tight circle and place it on a plate or tray upside down to create a rosebud shape.

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