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Plump and fresh fruit is not only delicious, but also a real eye-catcher. Decoratively arranged in a chic fruit basket or a fruit etagere, the fruits exude summery flair and a fresh scent. A fruit basket is the perfect mix of useful kitchen accessory and attractive decorative object.

The range of fruit baskets extends from modern metal baskets in silver to woven baskets made of bamboo. In addition to workmanship and material, there are other points you should consider when buying a fruit basket. The following guide should help you decide which fruit basket is right for you and answer any questions you may have.




Summary

  • With the help of a fruit basket, fruit, vegetables and other foods can be presented appetisingly and stored practically in a container. This way, you are regularly reminded to replenish your daily dose of vitamins.
  • Storage in a fruit basket is also the best alternative for fruit to develop its aroma. When filling the fruit basket, however, you should follow a few rules to ensure that the fruit stays fresh for as long as possible.
  • When buying a fruit basket, you can choose from a variety of materials. You can choose between modern metal and rustic natural materials.

The Best Fruit Baskets: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for fruit baskets

In order to keep track of your purchase and find the right fruit basket for you, you should know and consider the most important purchase and evaluation criteria. This will make it easier to compare the different fruit baskets so that you can then make a well-founded and objective purchase decision.

You can use the following criteria to compare the fruit baskets with each other:

Of course, we will also explain what you should consider with regard to the criteria and what differences there are between the fruit baskets:

Material

The question of which material the fruit basket should be made of depends first of all on visual aspects. The range extends from classic fruit baskets made of metal to woven baskets made of natural materials. Rattan or sea grass. If the fruit basket is to serve primarily as a chic decorative object on the dining table, fruit baskets made of silver or gold metal are recommended.

Woven or wicker fruit baskets made of willow, rattan or seagrass are also particularly eye-catching. You can also present your fruit in classic ceramic or wooden bowls. If you prefer a particularly robust and easy-care material, we recommend high-quality stainless steel.

Colour

The question of the desired colour usually goes hand in hand with the question of the material, as the shade is usually determined by the material properties. For example, metal bowls are mainly found in silver, gold or copper and wooden bowls are available in brownish natural shades. With ceramic bowls, the choice of colours is somewhat larger due to coloured lacquers. When choosing colours, always make sure that the shades match the surrounding furnishings and, ideally, the rest of the decoration.

Size and shape

Another purchase criterion is the format of your fruit basket, i.e. its size and shape. In addition to the classic round shape, there are also oval or square bowls. For those who like it particularly individual, organically shaped wooden bowls or handmade baskets made of natural materials are recommended.

Of course, you should also consider your personal fruit consumption when deciding on the size of the bowl so that there is enough room for all the fruit in the bowl. If in doubt, it is advisable to buy a larger fruit basket so that the aromas of the fruit are optimally distributed and no dents occur.

Design

To ensure that the fruit basket fits visually into the overall picture of the room, you should choose a design that matches the rest of your interior style. If your furnishing is puristic and clean, a silver bowl made of polished stainless steel is recommended. The rustic country house style can be wonderfully emphasised by a woven basket made of rattan, willow or other natural materials. Fruit baskets made of black or copper-coloured metal are characterised by a particularly modern design.

Functionality

In addition to visual criteria, you should also consider functional aspects when buying your fruit basket. To avoid annoying fruit flies and other insects near the fruit, for example, you can buy baskets with covers.

There are also metal baskets with a special device for hanging bananas. With this banana hook, unsightly dents on the delicate fruit are a thing of the past.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about fruit baskets answered in detail

To give you more useful information, we have listed the answers to the most important questions about fruit baskets below. This will give you a deeper insight into the topic and you will be well informed before you buy.

Who is a fruit basket suitable for?

If you think fruit baskets are only suitable for fruit fanatics or housewives who like to tidy up, you're wrong: fruit bowls are an asset for anyone who wants to keep fruit and vegetables within easy reach in one place or who simply likes to add decorative accents.

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A fruit basket can remind you and your family to eat enough vitamins. The appetising presentation of fruit or vegetables also serves as a decoration for your dining table or kitchen. (Image source: Neekster Man / Unsplash)

Moreover, you or your family are more likely to reach for the healthy fruits if they are presented in an attractive way. You can also use the practical basket to arrange and store other foods such as rolls, vegetables or sweets.

What types of fruit baskets are there?

Basically, fruit baskets can be distinguished not only by their material, but also by their construction. In addition to the classic (single-tier) containers, there is also a large selection of multi-tier fruit baskets. Such a fruit etagere is particularly suitable for storing a large amount of fruit in a space-saving way.

They are available in different versions and have a noble to festive style. If you want to save even more space, you can also get an etagere that is mounted on the wall or hung from the ceiling.

How much does a fruit basket cost?

The price of a fruit basket depends primarily on the material and workmanship of the product. The range of fruit baskets extends from low-priced basic models to high-priced bowls and fruit etagères. The following table should give you an overview:

Price range Available products
Low-priced (10 - 20 €) Medium-sized fruit baskets, mostly made of metal and woven fruit baskets
Medium-priced (20 - 50 €) Classic fruit baskets and fruit etagere in many designs
High-priced (from 50 €) fruit baskets and fruit etagere made of high-quality material, brand products

What should be considered when arranging the fruit in the fruit basket?

At the latest when you want to fill your fruit basket, the question arises: What is the best way to arrange the delicious fruit so as not to damage it? Basically, the arrangement should be according to the hardness of the fruit.

This means that hard fruit should be placed at the bottom of the basket; delicate and softer varieties should be placed on top. This ensures that fruits such as bananas, strawberries or kiwis are not bruised.

Which types of fruit should be stored together in the fruit basket?

In addition to the correct arrangement, you should also know which fruit should be stored in the bowl at the same time. This is because some fruits influence each other with regard to the degree of ripeness (and thus the shelf life).

In general, there are three types of fruit that should always be stored alone and not together with other fruit: Pears, apples and bananas. These varieties accelerate the ripening of other types of fruit because the gas ethylene escapes from them. Berries, grapes, peaches and nectarines are particularly sensitive to this.

To keep the fruit fresh for as long as possible, you should make sure that you store these three types of fruit about 50 cm away. Over this distance, the gas can no longer affect the other fruits. However, this effect can also be used in a positive way: Ripe fruit is particularly suitable for smoothies or banana bread, as the fruit becomes sweeter as it ripens.

Conclusion

Whether silver-coloured metal or woven rattan: fruit baskets are not only a practical storage option, but also a stylish home accessory. A fruit basket filled to the brim invites you to fill up on vitamins and at the same time makes your kitchen or living room a little more homely.

But even without contents, the practical containers can become an eye-catcher on the dining table or sideboard. There are also fruit baskets with practical features such as a cover against annoying fruit flies or banana hooks. One thing is certain: among the large selection of colours, shapes and materials, there is a fruit basket to suit everyone.

(Cover photo: Emily Powers / Unsplash)

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