Make a Fruit Tray or Serve a Fruit Platter that Looks Good and Tastes Great
Did you volunteer to bring a fruit tray to a party? Don’t worry, we’ve got fabulous tips about how to create a fruit tray that looks great and tastes delicious.
Scooped-out pineapple or cantaloupe halves look scrumptious when filled with a variety of fresh fruit. Slice off a small portion of the bottom of the pineapple or cantaloupe so that it sits level and place it on a decorative plate (which you can pick up for a dollar or two at most dollar outlets.)
While making a fruit tray look good is desirable, it is how the fruit tastes that is most important.
- Go seasonal when putting together a fruit tray – use only fruit that is ripe and ready to eat
- Think outside the box and consider a tropical fruit tray using Thai-inspired fruit such as lychees, star fruit, watermelon, dragon fruit, and mango [visit your local Asian market for great finds on unique fruit]
- Don’t forget to aim for small, whole fruit whenever possible, including:
- Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries
- Melons such as cantaloupe or honeydew – use a melon-baller to make fruit scoops that are fun to eat
- Grapes of all shades (seedless, of course) — Look for “champagne” grapes, which are tiny grapes that are as sweetly tasty as they are unique
- Forget about serving apple or pear slices — they will turn brown quickly
- Include dried fruit. Banana chips and dried apricots are ideal and will get gobbled up.
- Provide toothpicks for spearing fruit
- Include a small dipping bowl for guests to enjoy with their fruit, such as Truvia brand crystals, which taste deliciously like sugar yet are made with stevia
- Small fondue pots filled with melted chocolate are a good match for fresh fruit, as are chocolate fountains