How to Make Zest Knots

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Any type of citrus peel—lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit—can be used to make an attractive knot for a garnish. Using a vegetable peeler, peel strips of zest from the citrus fruit with a sawing motion from top to bottom, trying to make the strips as long as possible. With a sharp paring knife, trim off the ragged edges of the strips and cut the zest into long 1/16 -inch-wide “strings.” Gently tie a knot in the center of each string.