Fruit Christmas Tree

This is a great edible craft to do with kids of all ages! It makes a beautiful appetizer or centerpiece for your holiday table and, because your children can help you make it, they will be more likely to eat it!

Ingredients:
1 ripe pineapple
1 pear (a little underripe works best)
2 clementines, peeled and segments separated
3 kiwi, ends trimmed then chopped into sixths with skin left on
8oz strawberries, stems removed
6oz blackberries
1-1/2 cups red grapes
1-1/2 cups green grapes
1 bamboo skewer
toothpicks

Slice top and bottom off pineapple then cut a thin slice from the top. Press a star-shaped cookie cutter into the center of the thin slice then set star aside. Slice a little off the sides of the pineapple at an angle to create a cone shape. Push the bamboo skewer through the center, then skewer the pear on top, leaving the top of the skewer uncovered (you’ll skewer the star on top at the end.)

Place pineapple onto a serving tray then insert toothpicks around pineapple and pear at a slight angle, breaking a little off if necessary, then add fruit. I found it easier to place most of the bigger fruit first then fill in with the smaller fruit like grapes. Add the pineapple star to the top of the skewer then serve.

Note: You can make the tree several hours ahead of time, but keep covered with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Use whatever fruit you like; blueberries and/or raspberries would also be fine to use.

Printable recipe available at: https://iowagirleats.com/2015/12/21/fruit-christmas-tree/

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