How to Cut Limes Like Flowers


Smart cooks and hosts know presentation is just as important as what you present. If you take the time to make the dishes and meals you prepare look as great as they taste, people will enjoy your cooking even more. You can jazz up the garnishes you use to make your dishes special in many ways. For example, use limes you grow yourself or choose beautiful ones from the produce section. Cut the limes like flowers and use these to garnish a fruit salad, and your guests will be suitably impressed.

Step 1

Wash the lime in cool water and place it onto the cutting board.

Step 2

Insert the tip of the paring knife into one end of the lime so the knife just pierces the lime beneath the skin.

Step 3

Move the knife along the lime to remove the rind in one continuous peel. Try to make the peel approximately 1/2-inch wide and try to remove as little of the white pith beneath the lime peel as possible.

Step 4

Continue peeling the lime slowly, removing the lime peel in a continuous, long spiral strip.

Step 5

Set the lime aside.

Step 6

Roll the lime peel up tightly with the outside of the peel facing out. Continue rolling until you have rolled the entire lime peel into a tight circle (jellyroll fashion). Tuck the end of the lime peel in when you finish rolling it.

Step 7

Place the mint sprigs onto a serving plate. Turn the lime rosette upside down and place it on top of the mint sprigs as a garnish.

Things You'll Need

  • Lime
  • Cutting board
  • Paring knife
  • Mint sprigs


  • Fine Dining: Lime Garnish
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