Fruit arrangements are a great addition to any humble home. They instantly brighten any setting and would look simply charming placed together with matching colorful plates. They're perfect for parties and intimate gatherings. Just like with flowers, edible arrangements can contain virtually any fruit that exists and they will stay beautiful for a few days. Add a few buds here and there to create a flower and fruit combination, including vines that are wrapped playfully around the basket handle, and you will have created a lovely piece of perfectly edible eye-candy.
All fruit bouquets, however, need an equally pretty basket to bring the entire piece together. The usual baskets used for fruit arrangements are made of wicker to achieve the allure of freshly picked fruits. You can buy those directly from handicraft stores for very cheap prices. Some, however, can be made out of large fruits, like watermelons, carved to form the shape of baskets - in this way, nearly everything about the fruit creation is consumable. Making your own edible fruit basket can be a fun activity for the whole family. Follow these easy steps to begin:
- Choose your fruits. Consider including fruits that are of varying textures and colors.
- Visualize how you want your fruit arrangement to look like. It should vaguely resemble an ordinary floral display but think of which fruits that can be made to replace a particular flower. Be creative. Use cookie cutters, serrated knives or make your own stencil tool to turn peaches and turnips into sunflowers and daisies.
- Depending on the intricacy of your arrangement - whether it is elaborate or simple - take advantage of each fruit's characteristics. There are some you can just leave as they are, like strawberries and cherries because they are dinky fruits. Arrange them in the same way you would in a flower arrangement. Because most fruits are round, a pyramid shaped design would be the easiest to do, but you can do anything, really.
- When you are satisfied with your fruit bouquet, decide on the kind of basket appropriate for the design. A carved fruit basket might be a design overload in complicated fruit creations, so a simple wicker basket would suffice.
If you have minimal fruit selections and there aren't too many colors drawn in, you may accent the creation by carving a watermelon into a basket. Here's how:
- You will need the biggest watermelon you can find and a knife.
- Position the watermelon vertically towards you and slice a thin circular piece at the side of the fruit. This will be the basket's base.
- Position the watermelon on its base so that it stays in place.
- Using a marking pen, trace the lines around the watermelon. Divide the fruit into an upper and lower hemisphere.
- With a serrated knife, cut through the watermelon following the lines you made. Make sure you leave the middle part intact to form an arc that will serve as the basket's handle. You may also omit the handle part completely and end up with an equally decorative fruit bowl.
- You will need a melon baller to completely separate the two chunks separated by the basket handle. Scoop out all the rest of its content until only the shell of the watermelon remains.
- Place your finished fruit arrangement into the basket and serve.
Make use of other decorative objects like paper flowers or curled ribbons to add more interest. You can also use chocolate coatings or vanilla drizzles to achieve certain shades unavailable in fruits. Dip strawberries in chocolate or add a bit of sprinkles.