By Mirj on October 09, 2007
Photo by Kathy228
Photo by Kathy228
"The etrog (citron) is a citrus fruit that is used by Jews every year during the holiday of Sukkot (late September, early October, depending on the lunar calendar). It's entire purpose during the week-long holiday is to smell nice. Yes, that's it, we just smell the thing. After the holiday is over you can chop up the etrog and make jam. What I like to do is to stud it with cloves and then use it as the most aromatic besamim for the havdalah service signifying the end of the Sabbath. Aside from the etrog and the cloves, you will need a thin crochet hook to pierce the fruit before sticking in the clove. I use a 0.75 hook, but a 1.00 will work just as well. These babies last for years, and if you already have one or two (or ten or eleven, as is the case in my house), they make lovely gifts. BTW, you can also use a lemon or an orange, the results are the same, just shaped differently."
Serving Size: 1 (60 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"I've made these many times using lemons, limes, and oranges. I use to like to hang them in various places for a pretty and nice smelling decoration...I was looking for a good homeschool project with my kids to use for Shabbat...I hadn't even thought of this...thanks for the idea of using this as the besamim...we'll be making these 2morrow..."
"I used to make these every year when I was a kid to give as Christmas gifts. I would spend days in front of the tree tediously pushing in the cloves. They smell wonderful and I always felt accomplished that I could give a gift I made myself."
"This is a great fun thing to do around the holidays. My Gram and I have been doing this for years. We use a fork and make the holes in different patterns, but don't fill the whole thing making different designs. They look beautiful in a basket full of greens that you may have leftover after putting up your Christmas tree. ENJOY a fun project to do with kids."
"I've done this for years and it really helps sweeten the new week after Havdallah!"
"This was a really fun and easy project to do while watching tv one afternoon. I used a large orange and a wooden skewer to poke holes into the rind. I had a lot of cloves leftover in my pantry that were due to be replaced and I thought this was the perfect use for them. It took me about 2.5 hours to finish and I had to have a couple of paper towels handy to catch some of the juice that was dripping off from poking it with the skewer. When my BF came home, he asked what smelled so good!!! I have placed it on our mantle and every so often you will get a whiff of it and it just makes me think of the holidays... thanks for sharing a great holiday project with us!!!"
"Smells so good! This is therapeutic and relaxing to make. It took about an hour and a half to fill the orange surface with cloves. I used a wooden skewer to poke the holes. In two weeks when it's dried, I'll post another photo of the result. Fun recipe Mirj. EDITED at a later date: I made six of these. On some, I left a narrow row without cloves to create a channel for the ribbon (as shown in the photo with the orange ribbon). These were fun to make and provided therapy while healing from knee surgery!"
"I just did an orange and a lemon to add to the basket of gourds for the holiday season. Smells great and relaxing to do. I just pushed the cloves in with my thumb, but you might want to skewer first depeding on your thumb tolerance. I think I will do this as a holiday project in December in my language school, a good, cheap, if you can get cloves in bulk, idea."