This handy and rugged zest grater features an ultra fine grating surface that is ideal for lemons, limes, hard cheeses, nutmeg, garl and vegetables. Each blade is honed to an optimum cutting angle for minimum effort and maximum flavor. The retractable handle doubles as a protective sleeve for secure storage. Also features a non-slip base. The zester is top rack dishwasher safe; however, t preserve the sharpness of the blades, it is recommended to hand wash.