If you have young, or young at heart people, in the home, then a favourite Christmas tree decoration is that made from edible products. There are several issues to deal with when it comes to using edible products, the most obvious being that people will eat the tree bare. A second problem is that of health and keeping some products fresh. There is a solution to the second problem; with the first problem, all we can suggest is to keep plenty of extras on hand to fill the gaps.
The edible Christmas tree starts with a live cut or pot grown Christmas tree, and a range of edible products. These can included:
- nuts – still in their shells
- dried fruits
- whole fresh fruits
- popcorn garlands
When using dried fruits, biscuits/cookies and sweets/candy, it is advisable to wrap them in cellophane to ensure they remain fresh and edible. Clear cellophane works well as the contents can be seen. Clear cellophane also works well with Christmas lights as they either bounce off or shine through. Whole fruits can be hung from string bags, however, keep heavier for lower stronger branches. Popcorn looks good as a garland, however, it doesn’t remain fresh for very long so either use it cautiously or paint the popped corn before threading and use it as a pure decoration only.
Traditional Christmas trees were edible trees. The origin of many of the modern decorations come from the practice of using fruits and nuts to decorate a tree at Christmas. Baubles were originally designed to replace fruit like apples and pears. In some parts of Europe, villagers still gather each year to decorate a tree with food items. These items are distributed on Christmas day to those in community who are less well off and in need of a helping hand.