Mother’s Day is on Sunday here in the U.S., and that means folks are on the hunt for bouquets to show mom we care. An edible arrangement is a great alternative to cut flowers, which come with a hefty carbon footprint, but those pre-made edible arrangements aren’t always so eco-friendly, either.
Most edible arrangements are made using conventional produce, rather than organic, and the impact of shipping those fruit skewers all over the country adds up, too. Strawberries are especially worrisome in a conventional edible arrangement, since most conventional strawberries are grown using toxic methyl iodide. This year, why not whip up your very own, home made, organic edible arrangement instead?
Want to get really fancy? Hit up the local craft store for mini flower-shaped cookie cutters and cut the pineapple and melon into shapes for some extra flair!
You can also mix up the fruits you’re using, depending on what’s available by you. Stone fruits like peaches and plums would work nicely, and you can even add some citrus sections to spice things up! The only fruit I’d avoid are bananas, since they will turn brown pretty quickly.
- 12 bamboo skewers
- 48 organic strawberries, washed
- 1 organic watermelon
- 1 organic pineapple, cut into cubes
- 1 organic honeydew melon
- 1 large bunch of organic grapes
- Slice your watermelon in half, making sure that one of the halves it 4″ thick (so technically not in half) then use a melon baller to scoop out the watermelon and the honeydew. Make sure you hang on to one of the watermelon halves, since this is your base.
- Grab your skewers. You’ll want to start each skewer with a grape at the base, then just arrange your fruit pieces until all of the skewers are fruited up with around four inches left at the bottom. You can mix things up on each skewer or do whole skewers of different fruits. It’s fun to play around with different looks! Just make sure that the non-sharp side of the skewer is the top of your bouquet, because you’ll need the sharp end to anchor it in the base.
- Take the reserved half watermelon rind and flip it upside down onto a pretty serving plate. This is the base for your arrangement. Arrange your skewers however you like, but this will look best if the flowers are clustered together. Just sink each skewer into the cut watermelon to anchor it in place. A good rule of thumb is to start in the center and work your way out until you run out of skewers.
For a really full edible arrangement, you can double this recipe.
Image Credit: Eddie~S