Would you like to know how to make organic fruit baskets?  Most people appreciate fresh fruit for a gift.  It’s attractive, it’s sweet, and it’s healthy!  Purchasing organic fruit baskets can be pricey, but making your own is simple if you have a good eye.  Besides taste, color is the second most important element of organic fruit baskets.  However, you want to use a variety of shapes and sizes to give your organic fruit baskets a nice overall texture.  So if you are shopping for a produce lover, read on to learn how to make colorful, visually interesting organic fruit baskets. 

Step 1:  Make a list of organic fruit that the recipient enjoys.  Obviously you want to include these in organic fruit baskets you make for them, however if you are unsure, move right on to step 2.

Step 2:  Shop for organic fruit with color in mind.  For a summery citrus look, shop for orange, yellow, and green produce.  These might include oranges, tangerines, lemons, grapefruits, bananas, mangos, horned pears, limes, green pears, and avocados.  For winter organic fruit baskets, try reds, deep greens, and purples.  You might select red apples, strawberries, avocados, limes, plums, and purple grapes. 

How to Make Organic Fruit BasketsCredit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/liferfe/4537687/ MatapardaStep 3:  Narrow down your shopping list to organic fruit in the colors you need by considering their size and shape.  Use a variety of shapes and sizes to give your organic fruit baskets a nice overall texture.  Most fresh fruits are round (small like tangerines, medium like oranges, and large like pomellos and grapefruits) but some are more oblong, such as pears, horned melons, mangos and avocados.  And of course some organic fruit offer their own unique shape such as long bananas, small strawberries, and clustered grapes.  Make a selection from each of these three shape categories for your organic fruit baskets.

Step 4:  Purchase your organic fruit in multiples.  You might choose the bulk of your produce to be round, or the majority to be oblong.  For a medium sized basket, you might choose 6 oblong lemons.  Choose 6 oblong fruit such as avocado to complement the shape of the lemons.  Choose a single large fruit such as grapefruit to avoid having them dominate the basket.  If you have enough room, choose 6 small fruit such as tangerines.  Finally, decide on a unique shape such as a banana.  You will be using these as a garnish, so buy a little extra than you think you’ll need to fit in your organic fruit baskets, and if you have extra, eat them up!

Step 5:  Purchase garnish for your organic fruit baskets.  You might decorate them with organic flowers.  Instead of cellophane Easter grass, try curly parsley or spinach leaves to cushion the fruits in your organic fruit baskets. 

Step 6:  Arrange your fruit in a pattern.  After placing the leaves in the bottom of the basket, alternate round fruits with oblong.  In the photo you will see how the fruits alternate in a concentric pattern that radiates out from the center, large grapefruit.  Add the garnish, such as flowers, into the gaps between the edibles.  And that’s it!  You don’t need cellophane wrap if you wish to keep your entire basket organic.  Just be carefully handing off your organic fruit baskets to your lucky recipients.  Have fun creating!