Monday, 14 December 2009

Fruit Bouquet

Ingredients for this bouquet: (enough for two arrangements)

1 mini watermelon
1 fresh pineapple, core intact
6 kiwi fruit
1 pound whole fresh strawberries
1 pound of grapes
1 head of iceberg lettuce or florist foam

(you can use any firm fruit which does not discolour when cut)

Cut the watermelon in half and scoop out the fruit. Reserve for another use. You can cut a decorative edge on each watermelon if desired. Cut lettuce head in half and put it in the watermelon, rounded side up.

Slice pineapple in 2 cm rings and cut round or flower shapes with a metal cookie cutter. Peel and slice kiwi fruit the same thickness. Wash grapes and strawberries and trim tops of the berries.

Assemble the fruit on bamboo skewers. I cut 1/3 to 1/2 of the skewers off as they were too long for the size of the base. You need to put a firm fruit behind the pineapple ring as it tends to slide down. I found a ring of kiwi worked perfectly. Some people suggest using a gummy candy for support. Cover the pointed end of the stick with a grape or melon ball.

Caution: If doing this with children, I would cut off the sharp end of the bamboo skewer before threading the fruit.

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