Fresh Fruit Plates; The Best Fruits to Add to Your Next Platter
Whether for a dinner party or birthday, fresh fruit plates make a delicious, vibrant addition to any
spread. Fruit plates are good for most any diet, and are usually the one thing people can agree on.
Some fruits make better additions to fruit platters, and here are some tips to keep your spread as
appealing to the eye as it will be to the taste buds.
Choose your fruit wisely
Fresh fruit plates are a great way to present fruit for a party or event, but preparing one does take
some planning. The most important thing to consider is the type of fruits that are best for presenting
on your tray.
Some of the best fruits to include in your fresh fruit plate include:
These fruits can give your platter the eye-popping, vibrant look you are after, and any different
number of mixtures can be made from these fruits.
On the other hand, some fruits are not so great. This may be due to oxidation, annoying peels, or
texture changes once they are cut.
Some fruits are more likely than others to turn brown. This is due to oxidation and while the fruit is
perfectly healthy to eat, but the brown color does make fruit look unappealing. Other fruits may get
soggy or squishy if they are cut and presented.
Fruit choices you may want to avoid for your fresh fruit plate include cut versions of these fruits:
Overly ripe fruit
Other choices can depend on the theme and how they are prepared. For instance, orange wedges
may work in some fruit plates, but for people who are looking for quick finger food, what will they do
with the peel? And peeled wedges may also get soggy. Is it worth ruining the presentation to add a
few orange wedges? Yet other times oranges are a great choice, so it is a judgment call.
How to arrange the fruit
How you arrange the fruit is almost as important as what fruit you use. When creating a fruit platter,
keep a few things in mind:
Colors – Alternate colors and use contrasting colors to avoid clutter. For instance, put a row of
dark berries in between bright strawberries and watermelon to make the colors pop.
Combinations – Putting two fruits that complement each other well side by side may encourage
people to eat more fruit! Mango slices next to papaya? Yes, please!
Theme – In some cases, it may be best to have a consistent theme. As an example, a tropical
themed party would be a great place for fruits like guava, mango, and pineapple, but why would
fruit like apples or raspberries be there?
Season – For unthemed parties, look for fruit that is in season. It will often be the best tasting, as
it is naturally ripe at that specific time of year.
Size – To give people the best chance to enjoy your fresh fruit plate, make each piece bite-sized.
This means less of a mouthful as they converse with friends, and may also increase the chances
of someone picking up a quick piece of fruit on their way across the room.
Lastly, fruit is fun! Don’t be afraid to get creative. Use the top of a pineapple as a centerpiece or put
some kale underneath the platter as a garnish – the possibilities are endless.
For an even easier way to enjoy fresh fruit plates, grab a tropical fruitbasket and get back to the