Edible Trees for Thanksgiving, From Decorating to Devouring
With all the holiday hustle and bustle, Thanksgiving can get overlooked, but not this year! We’ve got the fruits you need to make this year’s Thanksgiving feast unforgettable. Perfect for adorning and devouring, you’ll want to add these edible fruit trees to both your tablescape and your menu! Read on for our suggestions on best fall fruits to add this Thanksgiving.
First up: cranberries. This deep red fruit provides both visual and taste appeal. There’s a reason cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving dinner staple. Its tart freshness is the perfect sweet pairing to your turkey, stuffing and all the fixings. Plus, cranberries are ready for harvest in fall, meaning they’ll be extra fresh for your holiday feast!
Not only are cranberries excellent for eating; they also make an eye-catching holiday centerpiece. Use your leftover cranberries as part of your tablescape to really wow your dinner guests. After all, half of the holiday fun is creating the perfect presentation, right? Mix your cranberries among a garland of greenery down the center of the table or float them in a bowl of water for a stunning display. The possibilities are endless.
Skip the bogs and grow your own cranberries for Thanksgiving eating and decorating with these varieties. They’ll provide color and interest both in the landscape and at the table!
Figs are equally as festive for your Thanksgiving feast. Whip up some unique creations using this delicious fruit that can also be harvested from your own backyard in fall. Figs are fantastic with sweet pairings like honey, caramel or cinnamon sugar, or go the savory route and add them to a charcuterie board with meats and cheeses, or use them to garnish your turkey. Either way, your guests will be gabbing about your dinner decisions when figs are on the table.
When you’re finished crafting your dinner delicacies, turn your extra figs into dining room décor. Try adding them to a large bowl mixed with other festive fruits like grapes, oranges, and pomegranates, or among flowers and greenery for a delectable color palette. You’ll have a photo worthy array to accompany your turkey that’ll make your holiday meal more magical and memorable!
Try out these phenomenal fig options, and get a head start on your Figgy Pudding!
Another great fruit for holiday meal happiness? Grapes. Whether you serve them in a fruit salad, make jam out of them, or even turn them into wine, grapes are ripe and ready for all the food festivities. You can harvest them from your own garden for both ease and culinary creativity with our flavorful grape varieties.
If you want to really wow your friends and family with grape goodness, try our Wine Lover’s Kit, which includes two wine making grape varieties, the Carlos Muscadine Grape and the Tara Scuppernong Grape. With this kit, you’ll enjoy taking a trip to your backyard winery for Thanksgiving dinner prep, and your guests will wine and dine all day long!
With their deep reds, purples and greens, grapes also lend themselves well to decorating. Add them to vases or scatter them about the table for a sweet and sophisticated tablescape this Thanksgiving.
Try out these grapes for a juicy flavor journey:
It wouldn’t be the holiday season without citrus! Oranges and lemons, in particular, will really take your gathering and gorging to the next level. From backyard growing to dinner table indulging, citrus provides endless possibilities. Add some orange or lemon slices to your turkey or a big, bold salad for fresh, juicy flavor, or concoct a fun, fresh-squeezed cocktail.
Try out the Meyer Lemon Tree for a unique lemon experience. It’s naturally sweeter than other lemon varieties for a powerful flavor kick. Or get your orange fill with the Navel Orange Tree, a desirable variety for its fragrant blooms, bountiful fruit and low-maintenance nature.
And best of all, our delicious citrus varieties double as delectable décor for tablescapes and beyond. Create a rich, ripe display out of their colorful fruits and fragrant blooms this Thanksgiving on tables and countertops galore. Just be warned, these downright delicious citrus varieties may steal the spotlight away from your turkey.Try these sensational citrus varieties this holiday season:
- Calamondin Orange Tree
- Valencia Orange Tree (pictured below)
- Key Lime Tree
- All-in-One Citrus Starter Kit
- Ruby Red Grapefruit Tree
Other fruits that are spectacular for fall harvesting and including in your Thanksgiving decorating and dining include persimmons, pomegranates, apples and pears. With these fruits, the season of gathering and giving gets just a little bit sweeter! Whether you use them in new or old recipes, or take advantage of their gorgeous decorating potential, your abundance of fruit will be the highlight of the holiday.
Happy Fruit Harvesting and Happy Thanksgiving!
For more fruit inspo, check out our articles below, as well as our full Fruit Trees Collection.
- Fruit Trees: The Guide to Growing Success
- Planting and Caring for Fruit Trees and Shrubs
- What are Citrus Trees? How and When They Grow Best