Fruit Platter

By: Dave Fooder

Fruit is a big hit after a meal, especially when you are dinning with your family and guests. A fruit platter complements a full course treat. It is a delicious and beautiful serving where a large dish is decorated with various fresh fruits arranged in a pattern. There are some methods which can be followed to make the fruit platter perfect fit for an occasion. The serving bowl, in which the fruits are served, must be a simple one. Always remember that a simple and soft color highlights the fruits the most. Select ripe and firm fruits with rich aroma, and wash and dry the fruits properly before making the preparation. Fruits like apples, melons, berries, grapes, plums, apricots and kiwi go well for the best fruit platter. Not choosing soft fruits like Fuji, bananas, pears or peaches would be a wise decision as these fruits discolor quickly. All fruits should have individual place in the platter so that it gains a uniform appearance. Sprinkle mint leaves and other ingredients to garnish the fruit platter.

For different fruit platters, you have to follow different instructions. If you think to put berries in your platter, buy the stuffs just a day before the occasion as the berries ripen so quickly that it can spoil the platter if kept in refrigerator for days. Pineapple and melon must be bought at least three days before you plan to serve the fruit platter, for they ripen to reach the crescendo of flavor and taste in these days. Apricots and plums must be cut in halves or quarters for ease of chewing, and do not forget to remove the pits. Cut the kiwis in rounds after they are peeled properly. Berries can be put on the platter as a whole. If you want to put strawberries, they should be there with the green leaves to make the platter look more attractive. The apples are to be put into the mixtures of water and lemon juice. Keep the grapes in group with 7-8 grapes in each stem so that the guests find it easy to select the grapes from the platter. Once you prepare your fruit platter, serve it in cold and fresh form.

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