A fruit rainbow is perfect easy-to-prepare St. Patrick's Day party food for all ages, especially when a pot of gold awaits at the end of this colorful arc.
Rainbows are well loved symbols of Ireland, especially since they hover over leprechauns' hiding spots. The lure of pots full of gold intrigues both young and old alike, making spirits brighter, especially around St. Patrick's Day.
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Rainbows As Symbols Of Ireland
I have reminisced before about how much I miss Irish rainbows. Ireland is a land full of rainbows. Our wet climate and changeable weather patterns make it the perfect place for plenty of rainbow formations.
Our Irish ancestors were so intrigued by rainbows that they passed down many rainbow blessings through the generations. Here is one of my favorites.
You'll find this free printable here.
Saint Patrick's Day Party Food
This fruit rainbow platter is a perfect treat for St. Patrick's Day!
But then I got to thinking how perfect a fruit rainbow might be for a play date recipe and snack, especially in the coming weeks with St. Patrick's Day fast approaching.
Some rainbow platters use quite a lot of fruit. My fruit rainbow is perfect size for treating four hungry little ones.
How To Make A Fruit Rainbow on a Platter
I arrange it on a large white dinner platter with individual fruit segments, jig-sawed together to compose each colorful stripe.
Here's how I did it. At the end of the post you'll find a printable recipe with all the instructions carefully explained.
First we washed and halved our strawberries lengthwise, then laid them along three-quarters of the outer edge of a white plate. Alternating tops and tails, they fitted perfectly together.
I was careful to choose a punnet of strawberries with similar, medium sized berries. I avoided the packets with those humongous looking mammoth strawberries.
Next I took a small, seedless mandarin, peeled it and broke it into segments. They created a perfect orange stripe lying end-to-end beneath the strawberries.
Pieces of cantaloupe would also work well for an orange layer.
We chose green grapes next, followed by a layer of pineapple triangles.
Then came a row of purple grapes, followed by just a few blueberries for the final stripe. A lovely rainbow!
I had planned to put a row of apple segments or bananas between the grapes and pineapple, but my plate wasn't big enough. We made do with a six stripe rainbow instead of seven.
Then we decided we needed to do something to fill in the empty white space on our plate.
So we made grape shamrocks by halving our grapes, laying them in the familiar trefoil pattern, with a sliver of blueberry as a stem.
Our final finishing touch was a pot of gold containing rolos covered in shiny, golden foil.
I confess, I do not own a little black bowl, so I had to get creative. I stared into my cabinets for inspiration. Then suddenly I spotted a sports bottle with a black lid. Turned upside down, the lid made a perfect leprechaun's pot.
Next Halloween I plan to buy some little black pots that can do double duty around St. Patrick's Day.
And so, there you have it - a lovely play date fruit rainbow, with just the right amount of fruit for four little ones to munch on and enjoy every last morsel.
Here's the printable recipe card ...
- 2 mandarin oranges peeled and divided into segments
- 12 medium strawberries washed and halved
- 18 green seedless grapes washed and halved
- 8 ounces pineapple chunks canned in light syrup or fresh
- 1 medium apple peeled and sliced
- 1 lemon juice
- 7 red seedless grapes washed and halved
- 8 blueberries
- 12 Rolo candies in gold foil wrappers
- Wash, dry and halve the strawberries. Lay them along the outer rim of a large white plate for ¾'s of the circumference.
- Peel and segment the oranges. Lay them in a semi-circle inside the strawberry layer.
- Wash, dry and halve the green grapes. Arrange them in a semi-circle inside the orange layer. Reserve the remainder of the grapes to make shamrocks beneath the rainbow.
- Drain the can of pineapple chunks. Arrange them in a semi-circle inside the grape layer. Fresh pineapple chunks can also be used.
- Peel, core, and slice the apple into semi-circular shapes. Toss in lemon juice to slow down the browning process. Arrange them in a semi-circle inside the pineapple layer.
- Wash, dry and halve the red grapes. Arrange them in a semi-circle inside the orange layer.
- Wash and dry the blueberries. Arrange them in a semi-circle inside the orange layer. Reserve two blueberries to cut into tine segments to make shamrock stems.
- Use three grape halves to create shamrocks beneath the fruit rainbow. Use a sliver of blueberry as a stem for each shamrock.
- Add a container of gold foil covered candy at one end of the rainbow.
Nutrition Information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
And remember, a fruit-filled rainbow is also a perfect show piece for any St. Patrick's Day party.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
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