Are you looking for something new and creative to do this week? How about you grab a Fruit Knife and create some fun shapes out of any fruit you can get your hands on. Hearts, stars, and flowers are just a few unique shapes you can carve. What other ideas do you have? The sky is the limit!
I am sure that you had no idea there was a national holiday dedicated to the somewhat unpopular vegetable: the cabbage. No matter if you think it’s stinky or delicious, today is National Cabbage Day, and let’s celebrate this rotund veggie. There is one question to that needs to be answered: Can you use a fruit knife to cut into a vegetable? The answer to this question can only be found if you try it out yourself.
Before you bite into your delicious apricot today, pause and grab your fruit knife. Use it to slice into your stone fruit and relish in that first yummy bite. Today is National Apricot Day, so take time to savor this petite, unique fruit, and appreciate your wonderful little fruit knife.
Every Veterans Day our country comes together to honor and celebrate our courageous military veterans. Without these heroes, we would not have the privilege of freedom that we too often take for granted. This weekend, when you are at your town’s Veterans Day parade and celebrations, a unique gift to hand out would be a fruit knife engraved with “Thank You, Veterans.” It’s a small but thoughtful gesture for our country’s heroes.
June is national fruit and vegetable month. What a great time to show your talents with a fruit knife. You can make edible decorations like these with a simple folding knife
that you probably already own. Maybe these ideas will lead to more ideas of your own. If you happen to make a mistake, you can easily make it disappear. Save only the best masterpieces for display at the barbecue table this spring. With a little bit of practice, you will be amazed at what you can do with a bowl of fruit and a fruit knife.
The original folding fruit knife was made of silver and mother-of-pearl in the late
1700’s in England. Why those materials? Silver is relatively soft, but it is resistant to the citric acid that would eat away at steel. Also, silver has anti-microbial qualities, which would tend to keep the knife free from harmful growths of bacteria. Mother-of-pearl is also impervious to citric acid, and it adds to the beauty of the knife. The less expensive fruit knives had celluloid handles, which would also be resistant to the acid content of fruits.
Today, most fruit knives are made of stainless steel. Sometimes plastic handles are used, to make the knife handle last longer.
In America, the fruit knife became popular in the 1930’s. Many companies would have their logo imprinted on the plastic handles in their corporate colors. They would give these as advertising products to their customers. Many are found in the possession of knife collectors today.
These specialty knives are made with very long skinny spear blades. Some blades are serrated. They are used by fruit and meat inspectors to get a sample from deep inside the product. The inspectors can then examine the smell, texture, and color of the product.
Before cutting up all of the fruit you might be baking with for Thanksgiving, have a quick taste-test by taking a small segment out with your fruit knife. If it’s not quite ready, leave it out to ripen for a few more days and it’ll be ready for whatever delish pie you’re going to make next week!