Nothing adds a burst of color and sweetness to food like berries. From strawberries to blueberries, you can do more with the fruit than just sprinkle them over food. You can carve, cut and combine edible berries to create a garnish worthy of placement on the plate.
A steady hand, sharp knife and berries are all you need to create a flavorful fish motif on a plate. Place a slice of strawberry on the plate to serve as the fish body and a triangle piece of sliced strawberry behind it as the tail. Add a small blueberry to the front of the slice to serve as an eye. Alternately, outline the oval body and triangle tail of a fish with boysenberries.
It’s possible to create many floral-themed garnishes using nothing more than berries. Place a blueberry on the plate and surround it with small raspberries, thinner tips pointing out, to create a small flower. Position a large blackberry in the middle of a circle of overlapping strawberry slices to create a large flower. Create a cluster of gooseberries in the middle of a large circle of interchanging raspberries and blueberries for a colorful flower.
Bring out the stars for dinner with a berry twist. Add a large gooseberry to a plate and surround it with five smaller blueberries to create a rounded star shape. Cut a large blueberry into quarters to create pointed pieces. Arrange five of the slices in a star shape, one for each arm, to create a small star. You also can use a sharp knife or small star-shaped cookie cutter to cut a star shape from a strawberry slice.
Throw a little fun into your food with a polka-dot garnish made with sweet berries. Place fresh blueberries and dried cranberries in a random pattern over the dish for a colorful accent. Cut small circles from strawberry slices and place them randomly around the dish for an elegant dotted appearance. Go for a bold design by creating small circles of blackberries and raspberries around the edge of the plate.
Spear different berry combinations onto long fancy toothpicks to create a sophisticated garnish that works for food or drinks. Stick a raspberry between two blueberries, or spear heart-shaped strawberry slices between blackberries. Slide a dried cranberry, fresh blueberry and whole strawberry on the toothpick for a garnish that has both tart and sweet flavors.
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