Make an edible fruit bouquet

Article by: Ruth Werner and Nancy Newberry  |  Picture by: Allrecipes
Make an edible fruit bouquet
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A fresh fruit bouquet makes for a fun - and healthy - centrepiece at parties, barbecues or special occasions. Kids and adults alike will adore it, and with just a little effort it's surprisingly easy to make.

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Gather your materials:
  • A foam ball to fit the vase or decorative flower pot you will put the final bouquet in. Make sure the vase/pot has a wide or solid base to hold the weight of the finished bouquet. You can add some glass marbles or pebbles to the vase or pot to add weight.
  • Melon baller
  • 2 large biscuit cutters: 1 heart and 1 flower
  • Skewers
  • 1 small seedless watermelon
  • 1 Charentais or cantaloupe melon
  • 1 honeydew melon
  • 1 pineapple
  • several large strawberries
  • 1 bunch large seedless grapes
  • 1 iceberg lettuce
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Shape the foam ball with a serrated bread knife so it will fit into the vase. If you're using a glass vase loosely stuff it with extra lettuce leaves or even coloured cellophane. Cover the foam ball with lettuce leaves and secure them with skewers.

The rest of this could take as long as an hour to cut out and assemble so keep the lettuce-covered foam ball and vase in the fridge while you make the 'flowers'.
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Prepare the fruit by cutting a few 2cm-ish wide slices from the watermelon, melons and the pineapple (horizontally). You don't need to peel anything, since you'll be cutting shapes from the slices with the biscuit cutters. Leave some of the melons whole so you can use them for melon balls.
Using the biscuit cutters, cut out pink hearts from the watermelon and cut flowers out of the melons and pineapple. Cut little balls out of each fruit with the melon baller to use for centres of the flowers and hearts and on the smaller skewers. Evenly slice the tops off the strawberries.
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Finally, cut a lot of large skewers in half with scissors, as these half-size skewers of strawberries, grapes and various melon balls will help fill out the bouquet. Poke skewers firmly into the foam ball through the lettuce without the fruit on them. It's much easier to push the skewers in first and then thread the fruit on later - though you will want to thread some of the big ones first.
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Space the skewers evenly, putting tall ones towards the back or centre. Fill in with half-size skewers. Thread the cut fruit onto the skewers. Move them if you need until you like what you see. There are no rules here so go for it! When you're done, keep the bouquet in the fridge until you need it.
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