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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

Fruits Quantities

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
Grapes   1 pound   xxx   xxx
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

Large Group Meals

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

Grape clusters

Strawberries

Orange Quarters

Fruit Quantities

 10100200450
Strawberries - Almost everyone will take 32 pounds (30 berries)20 pounds berries (300 berries40 pounds berries (600 berries)90 pounds berries (1,350 berries)
Grapes - NOTE: generally at most only about 3 in 10 will take grapes.1 pound5 pounds10 pounds22 pounds
Oranges32550112
Watermelon13614 (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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