Nov 01 2010
I always feel a bit down when Summer comes to an end. No more strawberries, blueberries, watermelons….you know what I mean.
But, just because the delicious fruits of summer have been put to rest for the year, doesn’t mean that Fall has nothing to offer. Not only does the Fall season offer a variety of delicious fruits; many of them, when fresh picked, will last for months on end in a dark, cool, dry places – like your basement.
By the time New Years rolls around, many of us are quite frustrated with ourselves and our winter-obsession with sweets. Today I want to share with you a “method” I like to use to convince my family to eat healthy.
We are all drawn to food by it’s visual appeal – or repelled by it’s lack of it. I like to arrange fruit on a platter and set it out on the dinner table where everyone can just grab some at their will. Everyone gets excited about how nice the platter looks – then they start sneaking pieces when I’m not looking. By the time the end of the day has come, I have a half empty platter that I refill and rearrange much to everyone’s delight.
So, how do you go about arranging a beautiful platter to fruit that will have everyone’s mouth watering?
Size: Make sure you offer a variety of sizes. They don’t always want to sit down and eat a whole vine of grapes, but would be thrilled to walk away with a small cluster. And, sometimes you’re just not hungry enough to eat a whole large apple – so make sure there are some really small ones available.
Quantity: Arrange fruit playfully, making sure there are no huge dead spots on the serving plate as well there should not be too many fruits piled upon each other. Puling out the apple that you want and causing half the fruit to roll off the over filled plate will leave them frustrated and have them turning to the pantry or cookie jar next time instead.
Quality: Always provide the freshest fruit available to you. As I hinted at earlier, the freshest fruit has been recently picked and will last for a long time. Moldy fruit is yucky, and there’s just no way around that. Check your platter daily to make sure that older fruit is moved up front so it will be grabbed up next to avoid having it go bad and be thrown away.
This week I have chosen to offer:
Red seedless grapes
Sour green and red apples
Small Quince (yes, we enjoy this raw)
I hope to bring you many more deliciously arranged fruit platter in the months to come! So, keep your eyes open!