Orange Clove Pomanders

In November I like to make orange pomander balls to scent my home. Lemons, limes, grapefruit, and even apples can be used to make pomander balls.

What is a pomander?

Pomanders are a mixture of fragrant, dried herbs in cloth bags. Medieval herbalists used them to ward off illness and bring good fortune.

A pomander ball is an orange or other firm piece of citrus that is studded with cloves and coated with a blend of spices and orris root.  The orris root serves as a preservative.

Orange pomanders are easy to make.  Play some of your favorite holiday music and enjoy the aromatic flavor the orange and spices.

*Stud a firm orange with cloves.   A yarn needle or other sharp instrument can be used to poke a hole for the clove to enter.
*Arrange the cloves in a pattern.  Martha Stewart places a rubber band on the fruit to create a line to follow.   For a stronger aroma, cover the entire orange with cloves.
*Then roll the orange in a mixture of spices:   1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp cloves, 1 tbsp allspice,  1/4 c. powdered orris root. Leave the orange in the spice mix for 1 week,  turning it once a day.

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