To discover the secrets to making a beautiful edible bouquet, I visited Chef Jason Hill, the host of the Internet show Chef Tips. Jason showed me how to make both a fruit and vegetable edible bouquet, and I'll be honest, the fruit one was my favorite. It tasted much better. But I have to admit the vegetable edible bouquet was quite a looker.
Below are the ingredient and instruction lists for how to make each type of edible bouquet. Enjoy!
Edible Fruit Bouquet
- Styrofoam Ball
- Container for Styrofoam Ball
- Wood Skewers
- Flower Shaped Cookie Cutters (Others work as well.)
- Cutting Board
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Plain Strawberries
- Any Other Fruit You Love
How to Make an Edible Bouquet
- Place your Styrofoam ball into your container. It's best to use an opaque container so you don't see the Styrofoam. Also, make sure the container is tall enough to cover the top of the Styrofoam ball.
- Stick the wood skewers into the ball starting from the center and working your way out. Some of the skewers should be longer than others. The tips of the skewers should look as if they form a half orb once all of the skewers are in place.
- Cut 3/4 of the melon into wedges. Cut the rind off of each wedge. Set the melon spikes you've created aside.
- Use the other 1/4 of the melon to make melon balls.
- Cut the pineapple into slices slightly thinner than your cookie cutters.
- Once you've cut all of the slices, use your flower shaped cookie cutter to cut out pineapple flowers.
- Take a toothpick and snap it in half. Stick one end of the toothpick into the center of a pineapple flower. Stick a grape on the other end of the toothpick to form the center of the flower. A melon ball works as well.
- Begin putting grapes or melon balls on the skewers. Start with the center skewers and work your way out.
- Top each skewer off with a pineapple flower, melon spikes, strawberry, chocolate covered strawberry or fruit of your liking. When placing the melon spikes on the skewers, make sure they point out away from the bouquet.
- Try to vary what you use to top each skewer off. Having different toppers will help to make the bouquet more interesting.
Edible Vegetable Bouquet
- Cutting Board
- Bowl of Cold Water
- Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing
- Fresh Herbs (optional)
How to Make Radish Roses
- Clean your radishes off with water.
- Cut the tops off of each radish.
- With the tops facing up, make four slices into each side of the radish while being careful not to cut all of the way through. After making the slices, the inside of the radish should look like a square with four petals sticking straight up. Do that to all of your radishes.
- Put the radishes in cold water and let them sit for an hour. The cold water will cause the slices to open up and the radishes will look like a rose.
How to Make the Edible Vegetable Bouquet
- Select a vase with a wide mouth.
- Fill the vase half way up with ranch or blue cheese dressing into the vase.
- Take asparagus and cut it to the right height for your vase.
- Stick a toothpick halfway into the cut side of each asparagus.
- Put a radish rose on the other side of the toothpick.
- Continue making radish rose flowers with the asparagus as the stalk and the radish as the rose.
- Once all are made, stick the asparagus into the vase.
- Fill the vase until it is completely full.
- If you'd like, add some fresh herbs as greenery.