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Fruit for Thanksgiving?

When you think of Thanksgiving dinner, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, green bean casserole, corn and rolls usually come to mind, but what about fruit? We all know that fruit is an important part of any healthy diet and should be offered at every meal, but for some reason it’s frequently missing from the Thanksgiving table. What can we do about that? How can we add fruit to the Thanksgiving menu?


Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Cranberry Relish – combine fresh cranberries, an orange, an apple and a carrot, grind them all together and mix in a little sugar or sweetner to taste.

If you offer a salad bar, be sure to include fruit such as pomegranate seeds, dried cranberries and Mandarin orange slices.

Many families enjoy a fruit salad at summer reunions, why not add one to the Thanksgiving menu? Here are a few links to recipes you might want to try:

For dessert or an appetizer offer a fruit tray with sliced pineapple, banana, apple, Clementines, kiwi, pears and something more exotic like maybe papaya or star fruit.

For dessert consider an angel food cake or cheesecake with a variety of fresh fruits to add as toppings.

When setting the table consider using fruit as the centerpiece. You can order a fresh fruit bouquet or you can simply use beautiful fresh fruits from the market. Martha Stewart recommends fruit as a Thanksgiving centerpiece here.


Fresh Fruit Baskets Fashion a Thanksgiving Centerpiece

In all its baked,  succulent splendor, the turkey only works as a short time Thanksgiving centerpiece. After it’s been carved, mutilated and ingested, few care to gaze at the remains.  Enter the fresh fruit basket— an apt second act does not rival the 10-pounder  bird.  Exuding green qualities, this Thanksgiving centerpiece runner up thrives well beyond its moment in the limelight.

Edible fruit baskets bifurcate into two divisions: carved and whole. In the carved rendition, timing is everything. With oxidation being its arch nemesis, the carved fruit bouquet lives an abbreviated existence as a Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Fresh fruit basket Thanksgiving centerpiece

Fresh fruit baskets act as a Thanksgiving centerpiece alternative to squash and acorns.

Although it ‘s not the traditional  centerpiece that the Indians and pilgrims shared, the edible fruit basket exudes simple elegance. Here’s how to transition the edible fruit basket throughout the Thanksgiving celebration.

Shortly following the Thanksgiving dinner, a few minutes before dessert–place the fruit bouquet on display.  Then on the dessert plate, give everyone a kebab to enjoy with his or her pie or cake. Note that cheese and fruit embody and easy and tasteful dessert option.

Later in the evening,toss any remaining fruit in the blender, turning the Thanksgiving