National Strawberry Day – February 27

On February 27, 2015 the country will be celebrating National Strawberry Day. The day is dedicated to one of the most popular fruits in the world. The red, delicious and delicate strawberry. Though the cold of winter is still brutally present, spring is right around the corner and the strawberry, the taste of spring, will be arriving shortly as one of the first fruits to make an appearance. National Strawberry Day reminds us, and gives us hope, that spring is right around the corner.

StrawberriesDon’t miss out on the celebration this year with some toast and strawberry jam, a strawberry smoothie or a big bowl of fresh strawberries and ice cream. Fresh strawberries might be in short supply but don’t forget that dried or frozen strawberries can be delicious as well.

Try some of these recipes for your strawberry celebration:

5-Minute Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt (frozen)
Dark Chocolate Strawberry Shortbread Cookies (jam)
Easy Crepes with Jam Fruit Preserves (jam)
Fresh Strawberry Cobbler (fresh)
Fresh Strawberry Water (fresh)
Jam Kolache Cookies (jam)
Skinny Strawberry Banana Ice Cream (frozen)
Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake (fresh)
Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins (fresh)
Strawberry Dump Cake (frozen)
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Bars (frozen)

Fruit Bouquet, Valentine’s Day Gift Advice

We were recently contacted by one of our readers with this question:

Dear Edible Fruit,

Three months ago, I met a nice girl online. Everyday we talk for an hour and throughout the day, we text each other. Although, we do not have an exclusive dating arrangement, I would like to send her a Valentine’s Day present. We haven’t met face to face yet and I don’t want to send the wrong message by spending too much. I don’t want to send her the typical floral arrangement. A colleague at work suggested that I order a fruit bouquet. Is this gift idea more appropriate for a co-worker, or is a fruit bouquet a suitable present for a budding relationship?

 

heartsIt can be difficult to find an appropriate gift for Valentine’s Day when a relationship begins. You don’t want to ignore the holiday and potentially hurt feelings, but you also don’t want to go overboard and send the wrong message coming on too strong. Fruit bouquets can be a sweet gift expression for Valentine’s Day coming with just the right level of thoughtfulness.

Here are a few considerations to take into account before you order a fruit bouquet:

1)  Does she like fruit? Some people have an aversion to fruit while others prefer dried fruit. Try to find out what her favorite edible fruits are without ruining the surprise.

2)  Does she spend long hours at the office? If so, your best bet is to order a fruit bouquet and have it delivered to her office prior to February 14. Remember that unlike a floral arrangement, fruit bouquets generally require immediate consumption. Depending on her schedule and how much fruit you send her, she may not have the time to enjoy the fruit bouquet while its fresh. Sending a fruit gift to her office will insure she gets it promptly and that she can share it if need be.

3)  How much do you plan to spend? Most companies offering edible fruit bouquets, segment arrangements according to price. (Be sure to account for any delivery charges within your budget).

4)  Compare fruit bouquets with other gift items such as balloons, stuffed animals and container keepsakes to make sure you’re spending an appropriate amount.

5) Before placing your fruit bouquet order, be sure to read the terms to avoid any unforeseen Valentine’s Day gift snafus.

If you include a personal handwritten note, she is sure to think the gift of fruit was very thoughtful and it will have your relationship on a good path, without her thinking you went overboard.

 

A Recipe for an Edible Fruit Basket

The recipe for a edible fruit basket is easy, it simply requires gathering the right assortment of fruits and arranging them into an awe-inspiring presentation.

This edible fruit basket recipe requires fresh tropical fruits such as:

Select the freshest of fruits at the market. Buy a cantaloupe and pineapple, emitting hints of their aromatic fragrance. Choose grapes and strawberries firm and vibrant in color. Avoid buying fruit with scarring or any brown discoloration which will detract from the appearance of the fruit bouquet arrangement and most likely render an unpleasant taste.

Gently clean the surface of each fruit to remove any dust or dirt. Allow each fruit to fully dry before proceeding. When using large fruits such as cantaloupe, pineapple and melon in a fruit basket you will need to be sure your basket is large enough to accommodate the fruits. A basket that is too small could easily break or tip over from the weight of the fruits. The fruit can simply be placed in the basket with the biggest and heaviest pieces on the bottom. Or you can cut and carve the fruits into an interesting arrangement.

To make a fruit arrangement, cut off both ends of the pineapple, then stand it on its long side and cut it in half. Remove the rind and slice one-half inch quarter slices, using a knife or cookie cutter to round the edges into the shape of a daisy.

Trim off the top of the strawberries’ stems. With the bottom of the strawberry (the pointed side) facing you, spear a 14” skewer one centimeter from where it was trimmed. Push the strawberry down, and add the pineapple daisy on top.

For the rest of the fruit bouquet, cut and cube the remaining edible fruit: the cantaloupe and honeydew melon into half inch slices. Spear the fruit pieces on the skewers with alternating pieces of honeydew melon, grapes cantaloupe.  Alternate the fruit on the skewers, incorporating the strawberries.

If the fruit bouquet is being created for a chocolate lover, we suggest dipping the strawberries in a chocolate spread.

Find a decorative vase in which to arrange the fruit spears.

For those of you, who do no have the time to buy, cut and arrange an edible fruit basket or fruit arrangement, a wealth of online sites custom order and deliver these edible fruit arrangements.

Fruits in Season – Winter

Snowflakes are falling, it’s cold out there, we’re trying to stay bundled up inside with a mug of warm hot chocolate. It seems that nothing is growing in this icy tundra, are there any fruits in season?

There’s good news! There are some fruits that are in season in the winter months. Citrus fruits, which are loaded with vitamin C and flavonoids, are grown in warm climates and are ripe for picking in the winter months between October and March. Stock up on oranges, clementines, tangerines, mandarins, kumquats, lemons and grapefruit.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

Pomegranates are another winter fruit option chalked full of nutrition benefits. The ruby colored fruit hits its peak of ripeness from October through January. Other fruits that will still be available fresh in the winter months include apples, bananas, grapes, cranberries, passion fruit, kiwi and pears.

Remember that you can always enjoy fruit all year-round. Fresh fruit, frozen fruit, canned, dried and 100% juice all count in the quest for healthy fruit consumption.

Chocolate Dipped Fruit Recipe

Whether you’re going to a holiday celebration or are in the mood for homemade chocolate dipped fruit. The taste of a chocolate hard shell enveloping a piece of ripe fruit tickles the palate with hints of sweet and juicy pleasures. But making chocolate dipped fruit tends to be a little tricky.  From selection to its preparation, this recipe explains how to make chocolate dipped fruit:

Chocolate Dipped Fruit Passion Recipe

The key to creating juicy, mouthwatering chocolate dipped fruit is in the fruit and chocolate selection. Start with premium dark or milk chocolate chips or chocolate bar and handpicked ripe, scar-free, fresh fruit.

The tastiest chocolate dipped fruit choices are strawberries, cherries, and pineapples.

Ingredients:

  • 12 pieces of fresh fruit (strawberries, cherries and/or pineapples)
  • One-12 oz dark or milk chocolate bar

Utensils

  • Aluminum foil
  • Fork
  • Bowl
  • Toothpicks (optional)

chocolate covered strawberry1) Fruit preparation will depend on the fruit you select. Slice pineapple pieces in half-inch pieces. Clean strawberries and cherries and place in the freezer for ten minutes.

2) While the fruit is chilling, cover a platter in aluminum foil.

3) Next, chop the first 4 ounces of the chocolate bar and place in a microwaveable bowl and cover. Heat the chocolate at 40 second intervals to mix and reheat until it is completely smooth.

4) Remove four pieces of fruit from the freezer and dip each piece in chocolate, transferring it to the platter and then finally returning the chocolate dipped fruit to the freezer to chill for 12 to 15 minutes.

If the bowl of chocolate thickens, return it to the microwave for a few seconds.

5) Repeat, using batches of 4 ounces of chocolate until all the fruit is covered and placed in the freezer.

6) After 15 minutes, move the chocolate dipped fruit to the refrigerator. To prevent the chocolate from melting and becoming gooey, remove from the refrigerator just 30 minutes before serving.

Ghirardelli Chocolate is one of the recommended brands for this chocolate hand dipped recipe.

To prepare healthy chocolate dipped fruit with fewer calories and the highest antioxidants, use dark chocolate with a minimum of 53 percent cacao.