Most people eat less than the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. This is because with so many easy-to-reach alternative snacks such as crisps, chocolates and fizzy drinks, who could go through the trouble of peeling a drab looking vegetable or messy fruit and eating it? One idea to get both children and adults to eating fruit is to arrange it in an artistic manner so they are tempted to look, touch, feel and eventually eat it.
Arrange different fruits into a colorful floral arrangement. Cut floral foam to fit inside a fruit bowl with a serrated knife, and place it inside. Peel and carve slices of large fruits such as melons and cantaloupes into floral shapes, and attach them to wooden sticks. Also include some small fruit pieces whole, such as grapes or cherries. Insert all the wooden sticks through the floral foam in the fruit bowl. Continue this until you have a well rounded arrangement that resembles a floral arrangement.
Carve vegetables or fruit into different animal shapes. Use large bell peppers for frogs, lettuce for fish or eggplants for penguins. Use your imagination to create you animal zoo. You can also use cauliflower to make bodies of sheep, add olives for their heads and insert four sticks for legs. Attach one body part to another with sharp-pointed toothpicks. Draw and define facial features with edible markers that are available at your local grocery or crafts store.
Cut the top of a watermelon off to serve as a lid for your fruit basket, just like you would with a pumpkin to prepare it for Halloween, and put it aside. Scoop out the pulp, and place it in a bowl. Cut different seasonal fruits into bite size pieces, or peel and scoop them, and fill them in the basket. Replace the lid back over the body of the basket.
Stuff a cornucopia basket with different brightly colored fruits and vegetables. These can include apples, squash, corn, pumpkins or grapes. Although a cornucopia is associated with autumn and Thanksgiving, it can be used all year round with fruits or vegetables that are in season. Also place several fruits around the basket to depict the theme of the cornucopia, which is an abundance of harvest.