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Roses made with Citrus Peels

Do you have a lemon, tangerine or orange tree with plentiful fruit? Here’s something fun you can do with them to make your next meal presentation prettier.

I was recently given a whole bunch of fresh lemons and tangerines which prompted me to make this quick video showing you an easy way to make roses with citrus peels.

It’s a quick video. Only 2 and 1/4 minutes. Hope you enjoy it.

Rose made from citrus peel

If you like this, you will like my Hearts and Roses Vegetable and Fruit Carving lessons.

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33 Responses to Roses made with Citrus Peels

  1. ana fritz April 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    I loved this it seems so easy to do – though I would think that a lemon or orange would be easier than a tangerine because the peel would be thinner. (maybe a blood orange) – anyway – I’ll rethink the whole good wife/bad wife thing and give it a shot! Thanks!

    • rose desdir August 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

      wow!!!..i learn a lot w/ all of this things that it seems nothing to use but all of a sudden, wow!!here we go…everything are useful…thanks so much!!

  2. Karl E. April 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    Wow this is cool. I am going to give it a shot…if I cant make it all in one long peel…does this mean I will never make a good wife?

  3. sonia April 10, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    thanks for sending me video I like the idea of making roses from peels. But I think I can’t do very neat job.

    • Nita Gill April 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

      Try it. You might surprise yourself. Besides, what have you got to lose? You can still use the fruit and the juice of the fruit if you mess up a few while trying.

  4. Nita Gill April 11, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    I saw the following on the MSN online news site today and thought it fit well with the “good wife” story in my citrus peel rose video. Here it is,

    “Perfect 10
    “My husband’s great-aunt wrote a list of the 10 most important things in a marriage, and she gave it to me at my bridal shower. It read:

    10. Patience
    9. Kindness
    8. Patience
    7. Communication
    6. Patience
    5. Caring
    4. Patience
    3. Patience
    2. Love
    1. Patience

    “First of all, this couldn’t be more true. Second, an 80-year-old woman made up a top-10 list; how funny is that?”
    — Beth Power, 26, Arlington, VA”

  5. Michelle April 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    No wonder I’ve been married twice! If my mother only taught me how to peel an apple…. Thank God Nita did! You made citrus peel roses look so easy to make I thought I would give it a try. Quick and easy to dress up the table. Thanks!

  6. Libia May 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    Awesome!! I made those flowers out of oranges and beets for my niece’s shower, everyone was very impressed!! Thank you Nita 🙂

  7. elizabeth billups July 13, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    i really am impress with these different peels i will be experimenting

  8. mitra behbehani November 2, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    thank you so much,really great

  9. Tricia Pellegrini November 20, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    Hi, I’m new to you and your sight, and just so very excited about learning to make all these great things. I’m disappointed, however, as I can’t seem to get your short video on making roses from lemon peels. Is there any way you can email it to me? Perhaps the one on your blog has been corrupted. Thanks in advance, Tricia

    • admin November 21, 2010 at 9:05 am #

      Thanks for letting me know Tricia. It’s now fixed so that you can view the video.

  10. Judy Bralley December 30, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    You are just FULL of surprises!!! I have been working this morning on my Swan Apple and Orange Heart carvings. I’m progressing slowly….these roses look like something that I could knock our immediately. I think they will give my confidence a little boost. With all of this fruit carving and peeling experimentation going on, I feel a fruit salad coming on!
    Thanks so much!

    Judy Bralley

  11. aruna June 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    felt very easy and looks very nice,

  12. Sheran Casey November 25, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    Loved this video on making rose from orange peel. I am definitely going to get your other videos, as soon as I master some of the ones I have already and get the tools. Thank you, Nita for making this so clear.

    • Nita November 26, 2011 at 10:42 am #

      I glad that you enjoyed the rose orange peel lesson. I’ll look forward to having you join our other lessons when you are ready.

  13. elizabeth April 11, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    roses out of peels arevery beautiful

  14. Cindy April 24, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    I have made this for my daughter’s wedding with lemons and placed limes around for a leaf affect. I poured lemonaid along with the flowers into a soda liter bottle. It is in the freezer waiting for the big day. It will go in a cistern dispenser to self serve.

  15. pham duc cuong June 11, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    thanks for your teaching,
    im from vietnam- how i can buy vegetables carving cutting tools from

    • Nita June 12, 2012 at 8:11 am #

      It’s easy to get tools and dvd lessons. Just visit my online shop at // Add whatever you like to your cart.

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      I know you will have fun learning fruit carving and you’ll hear lots of ooohs and aahs when you show your carvings.

      I’ll look forward to having you join us, soon.

  16. Katerina Stojanovska June 13, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    I really like your lessons, it is amazing what we can do with a little imagination.
    I used some of your tips for school exhibition for my daughter, they were supposed to make decorations made from vegetables.

    Thank You Nita

  17. Meenakshi June 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Hai Nita,

    How are you? Your vegetable and fruit carving lessons are very interesting to view and easy to do. These videos are encouraging me to view and do more and more carvings. Thanks a lot to you for giving this opportunity.

    • Nita June 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

      I’m glad to know that you find my videos encouraging. Happy Carving!

  18. hamsa vahini August 28, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    Hi Nita!
    Thanks a lot for the lovely roses made with citrus peels lesson. It was great and fun too.

  19. Michelle Malcolm August 29, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    Awesome,love it.

  20. judy September 14, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    That is easy to do, I never think it would be that nice just a piece of fruit peels that was turn into a lovely roses! Thank you for sharing.

    • Nita September 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Judy.

  21. mehnaz October 29, 2012 at 3:44 am #

    wow… so beautiful and easy….love it

  22. Marcy January 14, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Now that the rind is rolled up to look like a flower, how do you tape it to a stick so it can be a flower in a bouquet?

    • Nita January 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

      You can keep the bottom of the citrus fruit intact as in the lesson showing how to make a tomato rose in another of my blog posts. But ultimately, this particular carving is best used as a plate garnish rather than a rose on a stick. There are many other carvings that are better for that purpose.

      You can learn how to carve beet and turnip roses that will work great on stems in my Hearts and Roses Video Lessons. And there are many vegetable flowers that are great for fruit and veggy bouquets taught in my Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course for Beginners.

  23. Carol D'Silva May 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    Thanks for your video on the Citrus Rose. I also make it out of tomatoes and garnish it with spring onion leaves.


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