Fruit arrangements with chocolate

Fruit arrangements that can be eaten are fun, fresh, pretty to look at and are always a welcome addition at any special event. You may have even given or received fruit arrangements as a thank you gift. There are several companies selling their own fruit bouquets and  arrangements; but have you ever thought that you can make these yourself at home?

With the fresh fruit and vegetables available in Spring, what better way to celebrate the season than by making your own  fruit arrangements for a potluck, dinner party or just for fun with your kids or grandkids? If you celebrate Easter, homemade flower fruit arrangements with colorful fruits and vegetables will really brighten up your table!

Fruit arrangements and bouquets look especially beautiful with the addition of some fruit carving. Fruit carving is well known in Asia but not as well known here in the United States. We can thank the company Edible Arrangements for bringing fruit flower bouquets to the attention of the American public:

I thought this commercial was cute because it makes eating fruit more attractive than eating a waxy chocolate bunny. It also shows that you can create a pretty fruit bouquet from melons cut in wedges with a crinkle cutter knife. Notice how there are very few flower shapes in the commercial. Yet it’s still pretty.

Homemade Fruit Arrangements and Bouquets by a Reader – Deborah Esi Innin

You can easily make your own edible centerpieces and vegetable or fruit bouquets at home. First, I’d like to show you a few photos of fruit arrangements made by one of my customer/students, Deborah Esi Innin. If you are already experienced at making homemade edible bouquets, I hope Deborah’s photos will give you some new ideas. If you’re a beginner, don’t worry, I’ll give you some helpful tips and show you where to go on my blog to start learning to make your own edible bouquets and beginner vegetable and fruit carvings!

Here is an edible Spring basket by Deborah with some pepper flowers, radish flowers and skewered cheese, olives and tomatoes:

Edible Spring Basket

Edible Spring flower basket by Deborah Esi Innin

Edible Flower Basket

Deborah’s vegetable bouquet flower basket is perfect for a Spring time celebration – full of colorful vegetables that are a feast for the eyes!

If you’d like to get creative with pepper and radish flower carvings like Deborah did with her basket, you can check out my Fun with Peppers DVD and Radish Lotus Flower Bouquets DVD. They are each available separately in my online shop. Both lessons are also part of a full course – they are featured in lesson 6 and 7 of my Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course 101. This is a perfect for beginners; it includes simple to intricate carvings and is full of information on how to make your own fruit bouquets and edible centerpieces plus much more.

What makes a fruit arrangement  even more appealing than it already is? Well, for those with a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with chocolate dipped fruit!

Here are some appetizing and pretty fruit arrangements by Deborah:

Fruit Arrangements with Chocolate dipped strawberries

Deborah's edible chocolate dipped fruit bouquet

 Fruit arrangements with chocolate dipped fruit

Don’t those bouquets look delicious? Read on for some tips on how you can make your own homemade fruit arrangements and edible bouquets today!

Tips and Free Video Lessons to Help You Get Started on Making Your Own Fruit Arrangements 

Fruit and vegetable bouquets are really not hard to make. You can easily try this yourself by skewering vegetables such as cherry tomatoes and olives or fruits such as whole grapes, berries onto toothpicks or BBQ skewers to make a colorful pattern.  You can then place a large potato or sweet potato in a basket and pierce the other end of your toothpick or skewers full of fruit and vegetables into the potato. You can decorate your creation with green lettuce or kale to make it look pretty.

Here is an example by one of my readers, Natalia:

Vegetable Edible Basket

Vegetable edible flower basket by Natalia with radish flowers taught in Nita's free video lesson

Vegetable and fruit arrangements look extra special with the addition of fruit carvings. If you want to try making the radish flowers and vegetable roses in Natalia’s basket, check out my free lesson at the top of this page on how to make a radish bouquet. You can also take a look at my free lesson on how to make a tomato rose or a citrus peel rose. These vegetable flowers and roses will be perfect for a Spring or Easter themed fruit arrangements basket.

Once you learn my technique for making a radish bouquet, you can apply this to fruit to make your own creation. This is how one of my readers, Najlaa, made after applying my radish bouquet technique to fruit instead of radishes:

Fruit Arrangements

Najlaa used Nita's radish bouquet technique to make her own fruit fruit arrangements

One more tip I have for you involves adding chocolate dipped fruit to your fruit arrangement creation. It’s really easier than it looks, just check out my videos on how to make and decorate chocolate dipped strawberries and use the ideas for your edible bouquet!

Fruit Bouquets Make wonderful gift, too. Wrap them with clear cellophane and tie with curly ribbons and you have a lovely gift to give.

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Gift wrapped fruit bouquet by Deborah Esi Ennin

 

Fruit Arrangements are Perfect for Springtime Celebrations

If you want to add something extra special to your vegetable and fruit arrangements for a Spring or Easter celebration, you can check out my Melon bunny and Lilies DVD on my online shop.

Here are the carvings you can learn from this video lesson:

Edible melon bunny and lilies

Melon Bunny and Calla Lilies taught in Nita's Vegetable and Fruit Carving Video Lessons

By the way, the Melon Bunny and Lilies DVD is also available as lesson 3 of my Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course 101 for Beginners. In this course, you’ll learn that there is so much more to fruit carving than making fruit bouquets! And I’ll guarantee that you’ll have fun and get a lot of “oooohs” and “aaaahs” from friends and family!

Happy Spring and Easter! I hope you enjoyed my tips on how to make your own homemade fruit arrangements and have some fun trying them out!

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