Easy Tricks to Make a Delicious Fruit Salad

A great way to get fit for spring is to eat healthfully. A healthy diet can still be delicious, especially if you include a lot of great tasting and good-for-you fruits. Hickory Farms has found a few tips to help you create some delectable fruit salads your whole family can enjoy this season.

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When possible, buy fruit in season from local vendors to ensure its freshness. Spring is a good time to buy fresh strawberries, so make sure you pick up a pint or two to add their juicy sweetness to your fruit salad.

Select fruits with the same degree of ripeness so their texture is similar. Overripe fruit doesn’t hold its integrity in a fruit salad and can make it mushy. Fruit that hasn’t ripened enough can be too tart and hard to chew.

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The most visibly appealing fruit salads have vibrantly colored fruits for extra contrast. Think bright pink watermelon, purple grapes, dark red cherries mingling with fresh blueberries, bright green slices of kiwi and juicy peaches.

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Take the time to remove seeds and pits from your fruity bites, and consider skinning your fruits as well. It’s also a good idea to keep the bites uniform in size, so it’s easier to eat. Try to use the same amount of each fruit while making the salad so everybody gets a little of each.

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When all the fruit is mixed together, pump up the volume a bit by spritzing the whole bowl with lemon or lime juice. Not only does it jazz up the flavor but the citrus juice keeps the fruit from discoloring in the refrigerator.

 

Hickory Farms Fresh Fruit Trio Gift Box is full of three essential must-haves for any fruit salad – mouthwatering Mandarin oranges, luscious Comice pears and sweet and juicy Fuji apples.

No matter the season, when you order from Hickory Farms, you’ll always get the freshest high-quality ingredients available anywhere. Call 800.753.8558 and place your order today for a speedy home delivery.

 

Bountiful Tastings: Baby Shower Fruit Baskets

A bountiful fruit plate is a light and healthy dish perfect for any spring baby shower. Rather than simply placing fruit on a platter, you can transform your fruit display into a fun decorative item that matches the shower’s theme. Add a truly unique design to your baby shower buffet with these fun ideas.

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Why put fruit in an ordinary bowl when you can serve it in a baby fruit carriage?

Starting with a watermelon, cut off most of the top half of the melon, leaving a small overhang that looks like the hood of the carriage. Then, scoop out the watermelon, leaving a light pink coating. Afterwards, finish the carriage with four wheels made of orange slices.

Inside, transform a peeled cantaloupe into an adorable baby’s face, using blueberries or grapes for eyes, a melon ball for a nose and placing a pacifier where the lips should go. Put the face at the top of the watermelon carriage and fill the rest with an assortment of your favorite fruits.

Cute animal designs are always a great option for baby showers

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You can make a fun fruit frog by topping half an apple with two marshmallows for eyes and a strawberry for bright red lips. Place the frog in the center of a platter and surround it with fruit kebabs filled with berries, melon and grapes.

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Birds made out of fruits are another great way to dress up your buffet. You can make baby owls out of grapefruit slices using blueberries as eyes and orange sections for little wings.

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Rubber ducks make a fun and simple baby shower theme. Simply create a cute fruit platter to match by layering rows of blue and purple berries. Amp up visual interest with a row of floating rubber ducks – just add a few drops of blue food coloring to the water for a pop of color.

 

You can pair any of these great baby shower fruit platter ideas with a Hickory Farms gourmet fruit basket, such as our Bountiful Tastings gift, featuring delicious fruits, nuts and cheeses. With these ideas, you’ll be on your way to hosting a memorable and delicious spring baby shower.

 

 

Seasonal Dessert Recipe: Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Apple dessert recipes from Hickory Farms.

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Cinnamon and apples are a classic combination. Finish your dinner with a sweet seasonal dessert, featuring just the right amount of sugar and spice, by preparing this delicious Apple Streusel Coffee Cake. Showcasing the gorgeous ripe apples from our Hickory Farms gourmet fruit baskets, this great recipe is sure to be a staple of your family’s dessert repertoire for years to come.

 

Apple streusel coffee cake from Hickory Farms.

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Prepare the apple streusel coffee cake

Start making this moist cake by sifting the flour, making sure to remove any lumps. Then, combine the flour with the remainder of the dry ingredients, including a bit of baking powder, salt, a little sugar and a dash of cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients together. Start by beating an egg, then adding melted vegetable shortening and milk. Once this is well combined, add the wet mixture into the dry ingredients.

Prepare a couple Fuji Apples from your Hickory Farms gift box by rinsing the fruit and removing the stems and core. Give the apples a rough chop, trying to keep the pieces as uniform as possible. Once they’re chopped, mix the apples into the batter.

 

Seasonal desserts from Hickory Farms.

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Add the decadent streusel topping

To make your delicious apple dessert extra special, while adding a nice textural component, finish with a streusel. In a small bowl, simply combine sugar, flour, butter and a little extra cinnamon for good measure.

Pour the apple cake batter into a greased 8-inch pan and top with the streusel. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean, at 400 degrees.

Serve this delightful, decadent dessert warm out of the oven with a heaping scoop full of homemade vanilla bean ice cream.

 

Delicious apple desserts from Hickory Farms.
 

This delicious Apple Streusel Coffee Cake is just one of the many great apple dessert recipes you can make with fresh fruits. Starting with the beautiful fruits included in our gourmet fruit baskets, such as our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket, featuring Crown Comice Pears, Mandarin Oranges and Fuji Apples, and a little creativity, your dessert and snack possibilities are endless!