Items you will need
- Sharp knife
- Non-toxic marker
- Cookie cutter
Whether you are creating a fancy centerpiece or trying to make your child’s packed lunch more appealing, cutting fruit art is both fun and challenging. If you have ever carved a pumpkin for Halloween, you already have some experience in cutting fruit art. Fruit art is common in Asian countries. A recent trend in children’s lunches is “bento,” a Japanese term for meals in a box. The boxes often include elaborate fruit art. For the simplest designs, you’ll need a sharp knife and an idea for your creation. For more elaborate art, invest in curved knives, cookie cutters and gouges.
Draw your design on large fruit or fruit with a thick skin. This works for fruit such as melons, apples and oranges.
Cut the design into the fruit using your knife.
Cut small accent pieces using your knife. You will likely have to do this without a pattern on smaller fruit and fruit with a thin skin such as grapes and berries.
Press your cookie cutter into pieces of firmer fruit such as apples and melons to obtain a perfectly shaped piece of fruit. These work best for accent pieces or as part of a fruit platter.
Sprinkle fruit that has light-colored flesh, such as apples, with citrus juice to prevent the fruit from turning brown.
Assemble your art using toothpicks. Be careful not to damage the visible flesh of the fruit.
When preparing fruit, place a towel under your fruit art to soak up juices. The towel will also provide a rough surface that will prevent fruit from rolling around. Use a melon baller or ice cream scoop to remove large amounts of fruit flesh from big fruit such as melons.