Healthy Valentine’s Treat: DIY Fruit Bouquet
Forget candy and flowers. Make your Valentine’s deliciously edible while keeping your healthy choices front and center. A fruit bouquet can be customized to yours (or your Valentine’s!) taste and can be as elaborate or simple as you like.
Also, a fruit bouquet is much less expensive than you might believe. In an excellent tutorial, Juju Sprinkles breaks down how she created a bouquet valued at $100 online for only $20!
In order to make this special treat, you’ll need the following utensils:
- cookie cutters (variety of shapes such as stars, flowers, butterflies, hearts, etc)
- melon baller
- packages of 7″ and 10″ bamboo skewers
- vase or heavy bowl at least 9″ in diameter
- aluminum foil
- storage containers for pre-prep
- x-acto knife for cutting floral foam
- floral foam bricks (3″x4″x8″)
- cutting board
- sharp knife for slicing
- plastic wrap
Fruits commonly used:
- oranges (at least 2, sliced thin)
- strawberries (1 lb)
- green and red grapes (seedless, 1/2 lb each)
- cantaloupe (half)
- honeydew (half)
- pineapples (2)
But consider these fruit choices as well:
- blueberries (will be more difficult to skewer)
- watermelon (balling recommended)
- kiwi slices
- blood oranges for color
- Cut floral foam into dome shape to fit inside your vase. Leave at least a 1/2″ gap all around for orange slices.
- Wrap base in foil and place in vase.
- Prepare fruit (can be done in advance and stored).
- Wash all fruit in one part vinegar/three parts water solution.
- Cut pineapple into discs and use cookie cutters for shapes. Trim shapes for neatness.
- Cut cantaloupe and honey dew into wedges. Remove rind. Cut wedges into identical triangles or create half-moon wedges if melon is large. Thread onto skewers. Reserve some melon for melon balls.
- Thread grapes onto skewers alternating red and green.
- Hull strawberries. Do not skewer if prepping ahead.
- Slice oranges into thin discs.
- Store fruit up to 48 hours.
- Place dome base in vase. Fill in gap with orange slices.
- Insert melon skewers and work upward.
- Thread strawberries and insert at varying heights.
- Insert grapes and other melon skewers.
- Add pineapple cutouts. Use melon balls for flower centers.
- Fill to your liking and enjoy!
For compete tutorial visit Juju Sprinkles.