How to Cut Fruit Into Flowers

Overview

Cut fruit in a creative manner to make it appealing and appetizing for children and adults alike. Doing so hardly takes up time, and you can be assured your work of art grasps everyone's attention. Cut fruit into floral shapes and serve in a platter to form a brightly colored centerpiece--and a healthy snack--for a birthday or party. Use a combination of fresh and canned fruits to create edible flowers for yourself or give as a gift to someone special any time of the year.

Step 1

Peel the pineapple carefully with a paring knife and slice it into 1-inch-thick pieces, without coring it. Also cut seedless watermelon and cantaloupe in half. Remove the seeds from the cantaloupe and discard appropriately.

Step 2

Spread the pineapple slices on a clean cutting board and push a flower-shaped cookie cutter into each, in turn. Draw a shape over the fruit with the tip of the paring knife if you do not have a cookie cutter. Lift the slice and follow the outline while cutting your fruit flower. Keep in mind that cutting too close to a flower's center could cause it to break easily when you insert a skewer into it.

Step 3

Create strawberry roses by placing fresh strawberries on your cutting board. Make four equally spaced cuts at the tip of each strawberry until halfway down. Curve the four cut parts slightly outward so it resembles a rose.

Step 4

Scoop balls from your seedless watermelon and cantaloupe with a melon baller, or use grapes, maraschino cherries or blackberries to form the center of each flower. You need one ball per flower. Cut balls in half if you want them smaller.

Step 5

Insert the pointed end of a skewer into the center of a pineapple flower. Slide the fruit slightly downward and push a fruit ball into the tip of the skewer. Make sure the skewer's tip is not visible anymore. Pull the flower up to align the ball in its center.

Step 6

Push a strawberry rose 3/4 of the way down the pointed end of each skewer. Make sure the pointed tip is not visible.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid soft and juicy fruit that is difficult to cut and does not retain its shape easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Pineapple
  • Pairing knife
  • Seedless watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cutting board
  • Cookie cutter
  • Strawberries
  • Melon ball scooper
  • Wooden skewers

References

  • Do It Yourself-Gifts: Edible Fruit Bouquet
  • Plan the Perfect Baby Shower: How to Make an Edible Fruit Bouquet
  • Fine Dinings: Strawberry Fan Garnish
Keywords: cutting fruit, fresh fruit, fruit flowers

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