As the abundance of mid-summer fruit mounts up, why not take advantage of the bounty by creating a nutritious fruitful arrangement? Food is often the center of so many summertime occasions. Not only does a fruit bouquet make a fabulous houseguest gift, these attractive seasonal displays can be dressed up to create a statement at summertime picnics, weddings and parties.
8 Reasons To Eat Organic Fruits
1. Reduce the toxic load by keeping chemicals out of the air, water, soil and our bodies.
2. Reduce agricultural pollution from pesticides.
3. Keep our kids healthy. According to the National Academy of Science, “neurologic and behavioral effects may result from low-level exposure to pesticides.”
4. Build healthy dirt by feeding the soil organic matter instead of synthetic fertilizers. This has proven to increase nutrients in produce, with higher levels of vitamins and minerals.
5. Food tastes better when lower in nitrates and higher in antioxidants.
6. Help family farms that are certified organic farms. Supporting these farms has a double benefit.
7. Keep GMOs out of our food supply. Right now, 30 percent of our cropland is planted in GMOs.
8. Eating local helps your hometown economy.
Next: DIY Organic Fruit Bouquet
DIY Organic Fruit Bouquet
What you need:
- Fruit: pineapple, melon, strawberries, grapes, watermelon, kiwi, berries, melon, grapes and whatever else is in season.
- Reusable bamboo skewers of varying lengths
- Basket or Bowl
- Optional: Fair-Trade chocolate (Everything goes better with chocolate, right?), cookie cutters to shape the fruit and/or a head of lettuce for the base.
What to do:
Clean, cut and slice fruit. Use cookie cutters for making shapes. Put aside the melon rinds for securing the skewers. If choosing a particular theme for the basket, select produce that will match the desired colors.
Start styling fruit by compiling the skewers with fruit. The taller skewers can be placed in the center, and shorter ones to the outside. Stick the skewers into the base – the melon rinds, head of lettuce or a hollowed out watermelon. Arrange into a flower-like bouquet. Make sure to balance your arrangement so it doesn’t tip over. Yum!
This video of an edible centerpiece can provide some additional inspiration: