I have seen the commercials for edible bouquets. I am going to share with you how to make a fresh fruit bouquet. The fresh, edible fruit bouquets can be given as gifts, used for wedding and baby showers, used at wedding receptions, and parties.
Materials Needed for the Fresh, Edible Fruit Bouquet
Cantaloupes. The cantaloupes will be sliced with and without the rind. The cantaloupes can be melon balled.
Honeydews. The honeydews will be sliced with and without the rind. The honeydews can be melon balled.
Pineapple. Use a pineapple that isn’t cored.
Strawberries. Fresh strawberries will be used not frozen. The frozen strawberries will be to soggy for this. Leave the stems and leaves on the strawberries.
Grapes. Preferably grapes without seeds.
Kiwi. The kiwi will be peeled and sliced.
Starfruit. The starfruit will be sliced with the peel left on.
Head of Iceberg Lettuce. The iceberg lettuce will be used as the base of the fresh fruit bouquet. Leave the plastic wrap on the head of lettuce.
Kale. Kale will be used for the greenery at the base of the fruit basket
Wicker Basket. The basket will be used for the bottom of the fruit basket to cover the head of lettuce.
Gift Basket Wrap. The plastic cellophane gift basket wrap is going to be used.
Wooden Skewers. Wooden skewers will be used for putting the fruit basket together.
Flower Cookie Cutters. Small (not the tiny mini ones) cookie cutters in the shape of flowers.
Knife. To peel any of the fruit and to cut it. A fancy hand slicer found in the kitchen section of stores can be used to slice the fruit to.
Melon Baller. The melon baller will be used to make the center of the fruit flowers.
Dipping Chocolate (Optional). The strawberries can be dipped into the chocolate for an added touch.
Piece of rectangular styrofoam. This will be used for the chocolate covered strawberries while cooling in the refrigerator.
Making the Fresh, Edible Fruit Bouquet
Rinse all the fruits and kale. This will remove any dirt from the fruits being used.
NOTE: You can peel the cantaloupe and honeydew once you have cleaned the seeds from them. They can be peeled before slicing them or after. The choice is up to you.
Slice the cantaloupe and honeydew in half and scoop out all the seeds. If using slices of the cantaloupe and honeydew, slice them the thickness you would normally slice them. You can cut some of the melon slices into one inch chunks to create kabobs of fruit.
Cut the top and bottom off the pineapple. Peel the skin off the pineapple. Slice it in one inch slices. Peel and slice the kiwi into half inch slices. Remove the grapes from the stems. Slice the starfruit into half inch slices leaving the skin on. Leave the stems and leaves on the strawberries. Do not cut the strawberries.
NOTE: Don’t let the point of the skewers show through the last piece of fruit added. Make four to six of each of the following items minimum.
Start with the chocolate covered strawberries. For chocolate covered strawberries, melt the chocolate per the instructions on the package. Place the leaf side down on the skewer. This will help in covering the strawberries. Dip the strawberries in the chocolate. Push the other end of the skewer into the Styrofoam. When finished dipping the strawberries, place them in the refrigerator for the chocolate to harden.
For the strawberries, place the pointed end down and run a skewer through the berry. Turn a second strawberry upside down and place it on the strawberry.
Choose the cookie cutter shapes you want to use for cutting the pineapple. If you are choosing a flower shape, use the melon baller and scoop out some balls from a slice of cantaloupe and honeydew. These will be used for the centers of the flowers.
Take a skewer with the pointed end up, poke it through the center of the pineapple far enough through to place the cantaloupe or honeydew melon ball onto. Alternate the cantaloupe and honeydew melon balls on the pineapple slices.
Take a chunk of cantaloupe and run the skewer through it and slide the piece down. Place a grape onto the skewer next followed by a chunk of honeydew, and add another grape.
Place a piece of star fruit onto a skewer. Follow it by a piece of kiwi. Then add a grape to hide the end of the skewer.
Place the iceberg lettuce in the bottom of the wicker basket. Place the kale leaves around the between the head of lettuce and the basket. Arrange the skewers into the head of iceberg lettuce in the manner you would use for silk flower arranging.
If you find you need more skewed fruit pieces, make them to fill in the holes. You can also use any extra kale to fill in the areas.