Observe National Fruit Month with Your Fruit Knife

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

Apple With Carved Hearts Made with a Fruit Knife
Apple With Carved Hearts

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.

Apple Carved with a Fruit Knife
Carved Apple
Fruit Knife Art
Fruit Knife Art

 

Owls Carved with a Fruit Knife
Carved Owls
Apple Butterfly Made with a Fruit Knife
Carved Apple Butterfly

 

 

 

The Sharp History of the Fruit Knife (Melon Tester), Vegetable Knife

The original folding fruit knife was made of silver and mother-of-pearl in the late

Watermelon Testing Plug Obtained With a Fruit Knife
Watermelon Testing Plug Obtained With a Fruit Knife, But It Looks Like They Are Doing a Little More Than Just Testing!

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.

 

PURPOSE:

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.

Credits: Some of this information is from the book Advertising Cutlery, Richard D. White, 1999.

What Do A Fruit Knife and Thanksgiving Have In Common?

Fruit Knife for sampling your fruit
Fruit Knife for sampling your fruit

Have you ever purchased fruit from the grocery store, only to come home, slice it up, and realize it just wasn’t as ripe as you had hoped?

Enter the fruit knife.

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!

Happy Holidays!

 

4 3/4" Stainless Fruit/ Vegetable Knife 95-1712ss
4 3/4″ Stainless Fruit/ Vegetable Knife 95-1712ss
5-3/4" ivory plastic handle fruit/vegetable knife 95-112whs
5-3/4″ ivory plastic handle fruit/vegetable knife 95-112whs

You’ll Never Guess Which Summer Fruit This Fruit Knife Is Slicing Into Today

Fruit Knife for #PeachPieDay
Fruit Knife for #PeachPieDay

As the end of summer approaches, many bakers are looking to snag up the last of the ripe summer fruits to make pies, tarts, jams, sorbets, and many more yummy treats.

Peaches are one of this season’s prize fruits- they’re so juicy and sweet, which makes today (it’s Peach Pie Day!) a great day to bake with them.

What you’ll need for your peach pie:

  • Fresh peaches- about 8 cups, peeled & sliced
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp each of: cinnamon & vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 3-4 tbsp of cornstarch
  • Homemade or store-bought pie crust
  • A sharp fruit knife to cut into your juicy peaches

Mix the above ingredients together, place in your crust, and bake! Enjoy!

Stainless Fruit Knife
Stainless Fruit Knife
5-3/4" ivory plastic handle fruit/vegetable knife 95-112whs
5-3/4″ ivory plastic handle fruit/vegetable knife 95-112whs

Holiday Tricks You Can Do With a Fruit Knife

Give Fruit Knives for Christmas
Give Fruit Knives for Christmas

Make this Christmas festive-looking simply by using a fruit knife to carve and slice up oranges, apples, mangos, watermelons…..you name it. Don’t worry about making a mistake. You can eat your mistakes!

Carved Watermelon Display
Carved Watermelon Display

Carved Fruit
Carved Fruit

Carved Apple Brothers
Carved Apple Brothers

3 Fruit Knife Tricks You Can Do

Here are some tricks anyone can do with fruit knives. You don’t need much experience in carving to get some interesting results. Just get a mango, orange, and an apple, and a fruit knife, and try to copy these gorgeous pictures.

Mango Carved With A Fruit Knife
Mango Carved With A Fruit Knife

 

 

Carved Orange
Carved Orange
Apple With Carved Hearts
Apple With Carved Hearts