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
Place a whole lemon on a cutting board.
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.
Twist the lemon and pull it apart to reveal two star-shaped halves.
Hold a whole lime in your hand lengthwise.
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.
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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