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fruit platter for chinese new year [moved from Ontario board]

lilaki Feb 1, 2008 05:07 AM

hi all,

i am attending a chinese new year dinner party (i have never been to one before). i offered to bring a fruit platter...is there anything i should make sure i include on the platter? anything i should make sure i leave OFF? i've heard that there are certain traditions ... i just don't know what they are!


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    fourunder Jan 18, 2012 04:38 PM

    If including oranges, try to get them with the leaves attached.

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    1. re: fourunder
      chowser Jan 18, 2012 04:43 PM

      In other words, a box of fruit, not a fruit platter. I don't think I've seen a fruit platter at Chinese New Years but boxes of good fruit, orange and asian pears are common. That and boxes of Ferraro Rocher for the gold.

      1. re: chowser
        hotoynoodle Jan 18, 2012 04:49 PM

        you may be able to get lychee or rambutan, possibly kumquats. are you going for traditional? do you have access to asian markets?

        asians don't typically eat cheese, so yeah, having it on a fruit platter would be weird.

    2. lrostron Jan 18, 2012 12:13 PM

      Yes, oranges or tangerines, whole, they are new year's symbols for prosperity for the upcoming year. Since it's the Year of the Dragon, maybe dragon fruit if you can find it.

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        merlot143 Feb 1, 2008 06:28 AM

        Don't put cheese on it for a fruit and cheese platter. Cheese is a no-no for some reason.
        Oranges are a good bet -- they symbolize something. Tangerines or clementines are especially good.

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        1. re: merlot143
          jadec Dec 6, 2011 09:51 AM

          These are usually given whole though.

        2. sweetie Feb 1, 2008 06:23 AM

          Pomelo might be a nice addition.

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