Looking for a pretty centerpiece for your Easter table? How about a pineapple? The exotic-looking fruit is a symbol of friendship and hospitality. American colonists often used a whole pineapple as a centerpiece at dinner parties.
It’s easy to carve a pineapple into a cross for an Easter centerpiece. Cutting the pineapple is a job for adults but children can help arrange the garnish.
What you need:
a large pineapple (taller is better)
What to do:
2. Using the knife, mark a 1 to 1-1/2 inch thick stripe across top center of pineapple.
6. Cut rest of pineapple into chunks.
Have you noticed strawberries resemble hearts? For a special touch, place a strawberry at the foot of the cross as a symbol of giving our hearts to Jesus. The pineapple and strawberry provide a great opening to talk about the Easter story with children or dinner guests. Easter blessings to you and your family!
Beth Bence Reinke, author and registered dietitian