Healthy Recipe: Orange Pomander Balls
To make 2 balls, you will need:
2 oranges (or try apples, lemons, or lime)
Toothpick or pin to ease the cloves into the orange
Whole cloves, at least 1/4 cup, depending upon your design (I buy mine in bulk as they tend to be expensive)
Spice mixture (see recipe below)
4 feet of Ribbon
For the spice mixture:
3 tbsp. ground cinnamon
3 tbsp. ground cloves
3 tbsp. ground nutmeg
3 tbsp. ground ginger
3 tbsp. orris root powder (the dried and ground root of certain iris used as a fixative)
Simply stick a clove directly into an orange (or any of the other fruits listed above). You may want to use a toothpick or pin to make the first punctures so that the cloves are easier to insert. It seems that everyone has his or her own method when it comes to filling a ball! You don’t have to fill the entire ball, though — try a pattern or design if you feel inspired.
Once the ball is completely studded with cloves, roll it in the spice mixture and set it aside for a couple of weeks in a cool, dry spot so that it will dry. Once dried, tie a ribbon around the ball for hanging. Multiple pomander balls also look beautiful displayed together in a large decorative bowl.
Source: Holly Funk