Pear Place Card Holders

These unusual cardamom pear place card holders deliver a lovely spicy-sweet scent, and look stunning arranged along the center of a set holiday table.

Cardamom Covered Pear Place Name Holder

Cardamom Covered Pear Place Name Holder

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Greener

Choose ripe, but not overripe, pears so their skins are just soft enough for the pods to be pushed through. You can, if you prefer, omit the twigs and rest small cards with handwritten menus in between the pods at the top of each pear.

Much food produce is now heavily packaged, which is costly and usually unnecessary. Try to buy your pears loose, and choose a simply packaged bag of cardamom pods to avoid any wasteful plastic packaging.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 ripe pear
  • a quantity of green cardamom pods
  • 1 twig with two stems forming a “V” shape at one end
  • recycled paper

Step 1

Select a pear and press the pointed end of a cardamom pod gently into the flesh. Press more pods in as closely to each other as possible.

Cardamom Pod Pear

Cardamom Pod Pear

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Continue to gently press the pods into the pear flesh until the skin is covered completely in pods.

Cover the Pears with Cardamoms

Cover the Pears with Cardamoms

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Once covered, the pear should be able to stand upright unaided. Leave a small gap in the top of the pear and insert the twig.

Upright Standing Pear

Upright Standing Pear

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Tear a small rectangle of paper and write a guest's initials on it. Rest the paper between the "V" shape of the twig. Then make up more pears.

Cardamom Place Holder

Cardamom Place Holder

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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