How to Serve Citrus Fruit

Sometimes in life we happen upon little nuggets of wonderfulness. Call it serendipity or call it luck, or maybe chance. I call it a gift. In the most unexpected places, without even looking for anything significant, life can give us things that hit us square in the face and make us say, “I’ve learned something new today.” I had that kind of moment in a little Chinese restaurant near my parent’s home. I was not expecting anything brilliant, I was not even expecting good food, but in the end they served us an orange half in a little bowl with our fortune cookies. I had never seen citrus fruits served in this fashion and of course had to dissect the creature right away to see how it was done. It was gorgeous and I can see platters of Citrus Boats adorning all of my future brunch buffets.

Using a very sharp knife cut a clean citrus fruit of your choice in half.

Cut a small wedge off the bottom of each half as in the picture above.

Using a sharp paring knife cut the fruit away from the peel and set aside.

Place the bottom back into the ring of peel you had just cut. It will fit tightly down in there and act as a base and lift your fruit.

Place the little bowl made with the peel into a pretty dish or on a platter covered with lettuce leaves- the flat bottoms prevent wobbling. Carefully separate the citrus fruit’s segments and place back into the peel. Top with a cherry or any other attractive berry. Serve with decorative picks or small spoons. This clever presentation completely trumps its tedium.

Note- You may want to use a cutting board with a “gutter” to catch all those wonderful juices to pour into a glass for later. No waste.


  1. oneordinaryday
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 6:56 AM | Permalink

    This would be perfect on a brunch buffet. Very nice idea.

  2. EAT!
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 8:53 AM | Permalink

    Great idea. But now I want to go out for Chinese food!

  3. Lisa
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 11:02 AM | Permalink

    These are so cute! definitely perfect for a brunch buffet.

  4. Lisa
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 12:19 PM | Permalink

    So pretty and a real tribute to hospitality!

  5. Sheila
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM | Permalink

    Chinese are so creative and artistic. This is a great presentation and would make a lunch day treat! (Sorry, I am in complete school mode hear.)

  6. Grace
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 2:53 PM | Permalink

    well, this has been a fine course in fruit serving! grace's previous method: wash fruit. place fruit in bowl. announce presence of fruit in bowl. 🙂

  7. Juliana
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 3:14 PM | Permalink

    Love the idea…so creative…makes the orange taste nicer 🙂

  8. That Girl
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 5:15 PM | Permalink

    I am the WORST orange cutter in the world so we stick with "smiles" or peeled orange wedges.

  9. Laurie
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 5:34 PM | Permalink

    Your photos are so beautiful! What a lovely presentation.

  10. Linda
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 8:18 PM | Permalink

    How pretty! Sure beats just peeling an orange and popping the sections into your mouth. This makes eating an orange an event!
    Love this idea!

  11. Finsmom
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 9:11 PM | Permalink

    So pretty and clever! I will be trying this!

    I have some awards waiting for you over at my blog 🙂

  12. Danielle
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 9:25 PM | Permalink

    So pretty! Thanks for the tip!

  13. Penny
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 4:20 AM | Permalink

    Brilliant! Don't you love it when you learn new tricks. I just blogged about a new way to make a salad.

  14. Ingrid
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 10:08 AM | Permalink

    That is awful pretty but does seem like a lot of work….I'm kinda lazy. 🙁

  15. Joan Nova
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 12:26 PM | Permalink

    hey, really cool – thanks for sharing that technique. In fact, now that I think of it, Asian dishes are generally creatively garnished.

  16. biz319
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 3:08 PM | Permalink

    Another wonderful idea – thanks for sharing Robin Sue!

    I still need to get that name of the Chinese buffet in Roanoke my family raves about!

  17. Sabrina
    Posted August 14, 2009 at 6:43 PM | Permalink

    Was that they place up by the bridge? I forget the name… Chopsticks or something.

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