This pineapple Christmas tree fruit platter is the perfect centrepiece for your Christmas table. It looks so fun and Christmassy, and its the perfect fresh summer fruit platter for your guests.
What You'll Need
To make this fruit platter you will need:
A pineapple with the top on - you can get these from a fruit market. Just ask them in advance so they can get you one.
Medium star cutter
Small star cutter
How to assemble your pineapple Christmas tree fruit platter
First, you'll need to slice the top of the pineapple. You want to keep the cut close to the top, not cutting through any actual pineapple. Be aware that the pineapple leaves can be really prickly, depending on the variety, so you may want to wear gardening gloves.
Once you've removed the top of the pineapple, set it aside. Cut the first slice of the pineapple, then cut a second. Using the second slice, get your larger star cutter and cut a star directly from the middle of the slice.
Insert your skewer in to the cut end of the pineapple top, and trim it to about 2-3 cm. Place it on a chopping board or plate so that the chopped end is at the top and the leaves are pointing down. Slide the pineapple star onto the skewer, so that it looks like the star topper on a Christmas tree.
Once your tree is assembled and standing on the board, use the sieve to dust your tree with icing sugar to resemble snow.
Then, place your fruit around the base of the tree. I've listed the fruits I used but you are welcome to use whatever you want. I used a smaller star cutter to cut out the watermelon and pineapple, for some extra flair, and I love how cherries with their stems on them look like little tree ornaments!
Did you know...
Once you are done, don't throw out your pineapple top, because if you plant them, you can grow your own pineapple! It takes a while (2 years) but it's a great thing to do with the kids. Otherwise, donate it to a local community garden, or the school garden. Pineapple tops are removed now in most stores because the farmers keep them to grow more pineapples, so getting your hands on one is exciting for gardeners!