How to Make Edible Fruit Baskets

Overview

Making beautiful, edible fruit baskets is easier than you might think. A fruit basket can be the showpiece of the food display at your next party, sure to wow your guests. Using a watermelon is a great idea, because you can use the meat of the watermelon in the fruit mix and the rind as a decoration. With a little shaping and cutting, you can make your own edible fruit baskets.

Step 1

Cut a slice from the bottom of the watermelon to create a steady base. Trace your basket design on the watermelon using the food-safe marker. You could make a basket design with a handle if you like, and the edges of the basket could be plain or decorated with a V-cut, for example.

Step 2

Cut and remove the top portion of the watermelon, following your traced design. If you traced a handle on the top of the watermelon, be very careful to follow your outline so you don't accidentally sever the handle.

Step 3

Cut some flat slices of watermelon from the top pieces you removed, and use your metal food cutters to punch out shapes in the slices. Use the melon baller or small trigger ice cream scoop to scoop out the watermelon flesh from the bottom half of the basket. Place the cut pieces into the mixing bowl.

Step 4

Cut the cantaloupe in half, remove the seeds and use shape cutters to cut out shapes in slices of the cantaloupe. Scoop out the flesh as you did with the bottom half of the watermelon. Repeat the same process with the honeydew. Place all your cut pieces in the mixing bowl.

Step 5

Rinse and add other assorted fruits, such as strawberries or grapes, to the mixing bowl. Sprinkle the fruit pieces with 1/2 cup of sugar, and mix gently. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the mixed fruit to help it keep its color. Mix gently, and then wait 15 minutes and mix again gently. The fruit and sugar should now have created a syrup.

Step 6

Refrigerate until you're ready to display and serve the edible fruit basket. Before displaying, pour the cut fruit pieces from the bowl into the watermelon fruit basket. Display the edible fruit basket by placing it on a serving platter and decorating around it using flowers.

Tips and Warnings

  • Place the watermelon basket on a platter or base prior to filling it and moving it to prevent the rind from cracking or breaking.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 large watermelon
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 honeydew
  • Other assorted fruits
  • Metal food cutters (assorted shapes and sizes)
  • Sharp knife or V-shaped decorating tool
  • Food-safe marker
  • Melon baller or small trigger ice cream scoop
  • 1 large mixing bowl

References

  • Watermelon.org: Heart Basket

Who Can Help

  • Incredible Edible Crafts
Keywords: make a fruit basket, edible centerpiece, watermelon carving

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Sarah Terry brings 10 years of experience writing novels, business-to-business newsletters, and a plethora of how-to articles. Terry has written articles and publications for a wide range of markets and subject matters, including Medicine & Health, Eli Financial, Dartnell Publications and Eli Journals.