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Fruit Platter for a Large Group

Fruit quantities for a crowd

When I’m serving a meal to a large group, I almost always include a fruit option of some type.  Several of my favorites are a fabulous tropical fruit salad with a ginger lime dressing for a crowd…

Fruit quantities for a crowd

or a large group version of Pioneer Woman’s fruit salad with a heavenly orange vanilla bean dressing.

Fruit quantities for a crowd

Or if I’m having a luau for a crowd, I go with these festive fruit kabobs in a pineapple.

Fruit quantities for a crowd

By the way, check out this awesome Road to Hana Banana Bread to go with your fruit platter.  It’s really, really good.

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People Like Fruit Platters

But sometimes I just want to save time and set out a platter of 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.  Most people can assemble a fruit platter  But when it comes to a large group, the question is more WHICH FRUITS and HOW MUCH.

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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 to serve a Crowd

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.

Watermelon – slice and quarter slices

Blueberries – wash

Raspberries – gently wash

Fruits to avoid

Apples – I can go either way on these.   Coring them takes time and they eventually turn brown, but if you do want to include them – here’s the secret:  Cut and core them, then soak them in 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt per cup of water for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes (no longer) drain and store the apple slices up to 2 hours.   A few minutes before serving simply rinse off the slices with plain water before serving.  Even after rinsing, they will still retain their white color.

Bananas – I consider these a poor choice for a fruit platter as they turn soft and brown rather quickly

Fruit Quantities for a Crowd

There are 10 servings per 1 pound of grapes

There are 15 strawberries on average per 1 pound of strawberries

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
Cantaloupe – 5 to 6 (1″ chunks)   1   2   10
Honeydew – 5 to 6 (1″ chunks)   2   5   10
Grapes   1 pound   2 1/2 pounds   10 pounds
Pineapple – 5 to 6 (1″ chunks)  1   1   3
Strawberries (large) – 3 berries, halved   1 pound   3 pounds   10 pounds
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.

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