A display of fresh, sliced or whole fruit adds a country feel to your kitchen. Store your lemons and limes in plain sight on the countertop and use them right from the jars as garnishments and seasonings in food and drink. They'll bring summertime indoors the whole year through and lend a fresh, citrus scent to your home.
1. Submerged Arrangements
Turn fresh fruit slices into beautiful submerged arrangements by packing them tightly into contemporary glass cylinders filled with water. You might add interest by tucking in a fresh bloom from your summer garden or floating a small candle in the water on the top. Change it up by using different types of waters -- distilled water prevents the formation of bubbles in your arrangement, while regular tap water or even carbonated water creates them. Drop an underwater LED light in the bottom for gentle illumination.
2. Arrangements Using Dried Fruit Slices
Cut your fruit slices thick and dry them in a dehydrator or in an oven on low heat with the door cracked. Fill apothecary jars half-full of the slices and group the jars together on your kitchen countertop. You might also thread two or three dried fruit slices on wooden skewers that you arrange so they are poking out the top of a glass jar like a bouquet of flowers. Or use a single slice on the end of skewer as a flower pick added to a fresh flower arrangement.
3. Layered Lemon-Lime Arrangements
Layer whole lemons, limes and oranges in a gallon-size glass jar to make an aromatic centerpiece. Or cut them in half and layer them around flower stems in water in clear quart canning jars. Alternate single lemons and limes in small jelly jars and line them up in a kitchen window. They'll produce a lovely scent as the summer sun warms them on the window sill. Tuck in a few fresh mint leaves for added appeal.
4. Temporary Fruit Displays
You might display jars of preserved lemons on your countertops or on open shelving for a day or two before placing them in the refrigerator. Preserving lemons is a simple process of cutting, salting and packing them tightly into jars. Use decorative glass vessels with tight-fitting lids to preserve and display lemons. Or use a big jar to mix up a punch for a party -- combine hearty slices of lemons, limes and oranges with citrus soda and ice and use the jar as the party table centerpiece.
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