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Fruitful Greenery

 Fruitful Greenery
A holiday party would not be complete without a beautiful centerpiece so this is an easy way to create one.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
1 ServingsPrep: 20 hours Cook: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 3 each medium tangelos, lemons, limes, kiwano and star fruit
  • 3 each medium apples, papayas, pears and quinces
  • Lemon, orange or pineapple juice
  • 1 oasis floral foam wreath frame (15 inches)
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 30 to 50 floral greening pins
  • Sheet moss to cover wreath frame
  • 20 to 25 pine boughs, arborvitae and lemon leaf stems (6 inches each)
  • 2 medium pomegranates, halved
  • 5 kumquats or key limes, halved
  • 1 bunch Concord or seedless red grapes
  • 5 medium pinecones
  • 30 to 50 wired floral wood picks

Directions

  • In a dehydrator, dehydrate the citrus fruits, kiwano or star fruit
  • according to manufacturers' directions until almost crisp. Cut the
  • apples, papaya, pears or quince into 1/8 to 1/4-in. slices; soak in
  • lemon, orange or pineapple juice for 10-20 minutes; drain and pat
  • dry. Dehydrate. Store dried fruit in an airtight container.
  • If using wreath for a centerpiece, spray or soak wreath frame with

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Directions (continued)

  • water. Moisten sheet moss under running water; squeeze dry. Using
  • greening pins, attach moss to all sides of the wreath frame.
  • Cut pine boughs, arborvitae and lemon leaf stems at an angle; insert
  • into sides and top of the foam frame. Attach halved fresh fruits,
  • grape clusters, pinecones and dehydrated fruits using floral wood
  • picks or greening pins. Store wreath, covered, in the refrigerator,
  • adding water to wreath base if necessary. Yield: 1 wreath (15
  • inches).