Fruit platters are kind of one of my thangs people. I love to whip together an amazingly colorful platter, and my favorite thing is trying to find unusual fruit so that there’s always at least one person asking me, “What is that?”
Fruit platters can be great conversation starters!
But what is the best fruit for fruit platters?
Well, if you want the short answer it’s nothing that spoils/browns quickly after you’ve cut it. I try to avoid using fruits such as bananas, apples, pears, etc. unless you are consuming it immediately because you have to consume them quickly after being cut. I generally like to style my fruit platters a couple of hours before they are needing to be served.
When I begin planning to make a fruit platter, I always go to a grocery store that I know carries good fresh produce. There are a few staples to any fruit platter that I begin with, like:
Red and or green grapes
Oranges, tangerines, etc.
Next, I look at what’s in season. I try to utilize what’s in season because a.) that’s what’s available, and b.) if it’s in season, it’s probably going to taste better.
Then, I make sure I have a variety of colors unless you’re going for a monochrome theme. Here is a list of other popular fruits that you can use for your fruit platter:
Berries: Blackberries, Blueberries, and strawberries. While I love raspberries, I do not add them very often to my platters because they do not hold up well for very long.
Melons: Watermelon, cantaloupe, honey-dew.
Then, bring in some fun elements with fruits such as:
Pro tip: cut them up in various shapes. Slice some, quarter others. When you can, utilize the outside of the fruit as a vessel to keep it in. Below you will see an example with a dragon fruit that I served.
Next, I also like to add a few sprigs of mint to garnish, and sometimes I’ll even slice up a lemon or lime, more for color and garnish rather than consumption…since they are tart!
What are your favorite fruits to add to your fruit platter? Comment below and let us know!
For more platter tips, check out how to create a grazing platter!