Fruit

  • Fruit is a tasty and nutritious food to include in a lunch box.
  • Keep fruits at their tasty best with good packing.
  • Wash fruit thoroughly. Dry well with paper towel

Fruits that store well with good packing.

Talk to your child about their favourite fruits and how to serve it for easy eating at school.

Serve one fruit, or mix two or more in a fruity salad served in a small container with a spoon.

Apple

  • Whole
  • Cored and cut up into quarters, slices or rings (lemon juice stops browning)

Chopped fresh fruits

  • Pack into a small container. Provide a spoon.

Grapes

  • A perfect fruit for lunch boxes (when in season).
  • Pack a bunch in a container or bag.
  • Mix into a fruit salad.

Strawberries

  • Wash and hull. Pack into a small container.
  • Use whole or halved in a fruit salad.

Mandarin

  • Whole
  • In segments in a small container.

Orange

  • Segments
  • Cut into smaller pieces to be eaten with a spoon.
  • Add to a salad.

Banana

  • Pack unpeeled - nature's perfect wrapper!
  • Choose bananas that are just ripe - not too soft.
  • Look in your supermarket for the small lunch box size bananas and apples.

Fruit from a can (unsweetened)

  • Pineapple, peaches, pears, apricots, fruit salad, mango, berries.
  • Large tins of fruit are more economical that individual packs.
  • Keep the can in the fridge so it will be chilled and ready to use.
  • Drain canned fruit well so that juice won't leak out over other food.
  • Put a small serve of this into a small container and provide a spoon.

Delicious fruits that need a little care

Try these fruits cut into quarters or small pieces as a fruit salad, and stored in a small container in the lunch box (provide a spoon).

  • Stone fruits - nectarines, peaches, plums, apricots.
  • Mango
  • Pear
  • Watermelon, rockmelon - serve in wedges, balls or diced.
  • Kiwifruit- cut in half and eat by scooping out with a spoon

Fruit storage hints

  • Where possible store these foods in a small plastic container with a well-fitting lid (make sure your child can open it). This will stop the food from tumbling around inside the lunch box and being bruised.
  • Try wrapping whole fruits in a piece of paper towel or serviette to help cushion them from bruising.
  • Pack food snugly in the lunch box so that fruit doesn't roll around loosely inside and become bruised.
  • Put a plastic spoon in the lunch box if you are packing diced fruit for your child.
  • If you are using individual pre-packaged fruit make sure your child can open the package.

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