Select 3 firm blemish free oranges
2 – 3 jars whole cloves [1oz per jar]
ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
ground orris root [herbal shop]
Mix spices and orris root together at a ratio of 3:1; this will help dry your pomander and keep it fragrant. Use a skewer to poke holes in your orange in a desired design. Push the stem of the clove into the pre-made holes on the orange.
Once you are happy with your design and for a more fragrant fruit roll orange in spices and orris root mixture. This more contemporary approach will only last for a few weeks. While the orange drys keep in a cool, dark place.
Choosing to cover the orange entirely with cloves and then rolling in spices mentioned will assure a long shelf life. Ribbons can be attached for hanging on the tree or placed in a bowl for a pleasant aromatic centerpiece.