My grandmother had a three-tiered ornamental fruit plate on the bar beside her dining table. The lifelike (but very much plastic) fruits it contained always fascinated me as a child. I would hold the fake grapes in my hand and squeeze them, almost expecting them to burst and the juices to drip onto my arms. Years later, I would wonder why those fake fruits had such a place of honor while the real ones were kept in a decrepit basket in a dark corner of the kitchen. My mother, on the other hand, never had a fruit basket. She kept fruits in the fridge.
In the old house, we kept fresh fruits on the countertop. Bad for the fruits really since the parts that came in contact with the solid surface were not able to “breathe” and rotted faster. After we moved and there was some discussion about what would look good on the dining table, my first thought was a cake stand. But I don’t bake cakes everyday. In fact, I bake scones, muffins and cookies much more often than cakes. I figured that an empty cake stand prominently displayed on the dining table would look very stupid indeed.
Why not a fruit basket? Why keep the fruits in the kitchen when the dining table was the most logical place for them? The mix of bright colors, shapes and textures would be a most interesting centerpiece. The challenge was to find a nice looking fruit basket. We scoured Greenhills and Tiendesitas but found none that suited my tastes. We found some nice baskets in Greenhills, imported from Thailand, but the prices were terrible. The ones we saw at Tiendesitas were either too rough for the dining table or too expensive.
I found the perfect fruit basket at the Kultura Filipino boutique in SM Megamall.
Made from a natural vine (sorry, forgot the name of the vine), the basket comes lacquered and in different sizes. At less than P300.00 (around US$6), it was a great buy.