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Fruit Platter for a Large Group
Most people can assemble a fruit platter But when it comes to a large group, the question is more HOW MUCH and WHICH FRUITS. I’m here to help. People like fruit. More and more frequently, folks will opt for the salad and fruit on your buffet. Many, those following a Paleo diet, vegetarians, people trying to watch their weight or diets, may opt only for the fruit, salad and perhaps meat. Youth, especially young women, enjoy fresh fruit. Me too!
For this reason, I make sure all my meals include a fruit option along with a salad option. One of the biggest questions is: how much fruit should you serve. It’s going to depend to some extent on who you’re serving, but here’s what I’ve found generally is about right.
Not all fruit is a good choice for a fruit platter. One of the considerations is how far in advance you’ll be prepping the fruit and how much time you have to prepare it.
Good Fruit Choices for Minimal Prep. Time
These fruits can be prepped and on your platter in short order. They will also hold very well for up to 1 day.
Oranges – keep peel on, quarter
Strawberries – wash
Grapes – cut into smaller clusters. One pound
Watermelon – slice and quarter slices
Blueberries – wash
Raspberries – gently wash
Fruits to avoid
Apples – yes you rub them with lemon juice to prevent discoloration, but coring them takes time and they eventually turn brown
Bananas – a poor choice as they turn soft and brown rather quickly
10 servings per 1 pound of grapes
15 strawberries on average per 1 pound of strawberries
|FRUIT||SIZE||APPROXIMATE YIELD||APPROXIMATE SERVINGS|
|Cantaloupe||3 lb||25 (1″) chunks or balls||9|
|Honeydew||6 lb||36 chunks||9|
|Grapes (seedless)||1 lb||10 clusters||10|
|Pineapple||3-4 lb||40 chunks||10|
|Strawberries (large)||1 lb||15 – 18 berries||5 – 6|
|Watermelon||4 lb||32 quarters|
|FRUIT QUANTITIES NEEDED TO SERVE:||10||25||100|
|Cantaloupe – 5 to 6 (1″ chunks)||1||2||10|
|Honeydew – 5 to 6 (1″ chunks)||2||5||10|
|Pineapple – 5 to 6 (1″ chunks)||xx||xxx||xxx|
|Strawberries (large) – 3 berries, halved||x Pints||xx Pints||xxx flats|
|Watermelon (large) – 1/4 slice serving (see picture below)||1||1||3|
Watermelon – large
Cut into 8 slices. Cut each slice into 4 quarters to serve 32.
Cover cut watermelon with plastic film and store for up to 3 days in fridge.
Easy Fruit Platter – See table below for quantities
|Strawberries - Almost everyone will take 3||2 pounds (30 berries)||20 pounds berries (300 berries||40 pounds berries (600 berries)||90 pounds berries (1,350 berries)|
|Grapes - NOTE: generally at most only about 3 in 10 will take grapes.||1 pound||5 pounds||10 pounds||22 pounds|
|Watermelon||1||3||6||14 (get 15 or 16 in case 1 is bad)|
Enjoy! Your guests will surprise you with the amount of fruit they’ll eat. The above amounts will ensure they all have enough.
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