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Driscoll’s Fresh Strawberry Christmas Tree Centerpiece for your Holiday Table

Posted Dec 16 2009 3:00am
very berry tree imageDuring the holidays, decorating the home and creating memories is high on the to-do list. This year, consider our Very Berry Holiday Tree as the perfect opportunity to craft with your children and create a beautiful custom centerpiece that is bright and delicious – at far less than the cost of flowers.  Cookbook author Tish Boyle created this step by step method with kids in mind.   No sharp knives or glue guns are needed and little hands can easily help with each step.

This project can be completed in under an hour. What a fun and tasty way to spend time with the kids doing a wonderful project!!

Made from bright and juicy Driscoll’s strawberries that are bursting with flavor, the tree-shaped centerpiece is guaranteed to add a personal touch and a bit of health to holiday celebrations.

Driscoll¹s Very Berry Holiday Tree

Makes one table centerpiece

Special equipment:

1 green styrofoam cone (measuring 4-5 inches in diameter at the base and 12

inches high)

1 box of toothpicks

Supplies:

4 one pound containers of fresh Driscoll strawberries

1 bunch fresh mint

1 slice from a carambola fruit (also known as star fruit)*

*Note: If you can’t find a carambola, you can use a 1-inch star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out a star shape from a mango slice instead.

Directions:

1. Wash the strawberries and blot them dry with paper towels. Pull off the green stem from each strawberry. Reserve a perfect strawberry for the top of the tree.

2. Push a toothpick halfway into the side of the cone, about 1/2 inch from the bottom edge. Secure a strawberry to the toothpick, piercing it through the stem end. Secure another strawberry right next to the first one. Continue securing strawberries to the cone in circular rows up to its top, covering the cone completely. Secure the reserved strawberry to the top of the tree.

3. Remove some mint leaves from the bunch of mint and tuck them between the berries, placing them at about 3-inch intervals.

4. Secure the star-shaped carambola or mango slice to the top of the cone using a toothpick.

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