Home Gardening Center at THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN ________________________________________________________________________________ Fruit Flowers and Fruit Butterflies: Simple Instructions for Edible Arrangements Whether the host/hostess in you yearns to impress friends and family, or it’s the conscientious parent who is searching for simple and fun ways to get kids to choose summertime fruit over ice cream, fruit flowers and fruit butterflies are easy to make and a great way to dress up your table during the summer months. Supplies 1. A serving bowl, basket, or garden pot to hold the arrangement 2. Florist foam, play dough, or half a head of iceberg lettuce (something to hold the fruit pops in place) 3. Kale and endive (something to conceal the base of the arrangement) 4. Wooden skewers (for flower stems) 5. Scallions (optional: to camouflage the skewers and create a stem) 6. Cookie cutters in the shapes of flowers and butterflies 7. Hammer and melon baller Fruit: Pineapple Honeydew melon Cantaloupe Blueberries Blackberries Grapes Decorations: (optional) Edible flowers Sunflowers Nasturtiums Mint Instructions 1. Cut off top and bottom of pineapple; peel and cut into slices. Cut all four sides of the melon to make slices for flowers or butterflies. Cut pineapple, honeydew melon, and cantaloupe into slices (approx. ½ inch thick). 2. Place either flower or butterfly cookie cutter on top of fruit slice and tap with hammer to create the shape. Separate the edges of the fruit with a knife. 3. For a pineapple flower: once you have created the flower, cut out the center of the flower (the core) and fill with a melon ball. 4. You can either create an upward-facing or a side-facing flower. 5. Place a grape onto the pointed end of the skewer and push or twist lightly downward. The grape will keep the flower from slipping down the skewer. 6. For an upward-facing flower, place the melon flower horizontally on the skewer. Top it off with a blackberry or a blueberry for the center. 7. For a side-facing flower, place the pineapple on the skewer vertically, piecing through the melon center. Butterflies are also placed vertically on the skewers. 8. Cut off the tops of the scallions and slide the skewer into the greens to create the stems. 9. Fill bottom of bowl with florist foam (or alternative) and cover base with kale. 10. Arrange flowers and butterflies in bowl and decorate the borders with edible flowers (optional). Refrigerate until ready to serve. 11. For a sweet touch, serve with chocolate fondue or a fresh fruit coulis and dip flowers and butterflies into the sauces. Visit Home Gardening Online at nybg.org Generous support for the Home Gardening Center has been provided by Kenneth and Ellen Roman.