Directions for an Orange Pomander

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Directions for an Orange Pomander
Insert cloves into an orange to make an orange pomander. (mandarines image by Jérôme SALORT from

An orange pomander is as much a part of the holiday season as eggnog or wrapped presents. You can make these spice-studded balls several days or even weeks before a holiday party. The orange will dry but not rot. An orange pomander ball becomes very fragrant, smelling of cloves and oranges (as well as other spices). Arrange pomanders in a bowl for a decorative centrepiece, or wrap them with ribbons and hang them to allow their fragrance to waft throughout a room.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Thumbtack
  • Whole cloves
  • 1 tsp each of cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, ground ginger and orris root powder
  • Ribbon (optional)

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  1. 1

    Examine your orange to decide where you wish to insert cloves. You can make patterns or lines on the orange, or simply cover most of its surface.

  2. 2

    Poke a small hole through the orange's peel with a thumbtack. Push the small, thin part of a clove through this hole until the thicker, round part of the clove rests on the orange's skin.

  3. 3

    Poke another hole in the orange, ideally near enough to the first hole for the heads of the cloves to almost touch when you insert a second one. Insert a clove into this hole in the same way that you inserted the first clove.

  4. 4

    Poke more holes and insert more cloves until you are content with the number of cloves in your orange. Although the orange does not need to be completely covered in cloves, it should be fairly heavily studded. If you insert only a few cloves, the orange may rot.

  5. 5

    Combine 1 tsp each cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, ground ginger and orris root powder in a bowl large enough to hold the orange. Roll the studded orange in the spice mixture.

  6. 6

    Wrap the orange with a ribbon and hang it, or simply leave it out to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also make pomanders with other citrus fruits, such as mandarins or lemons.

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