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The good thing about a fruit basket is that it's appropriate for most occassions. It can say, “I’m sorry for your loss,” or, “I was thinking of you and wanted to send you some tasty, healthy snacks to show you I care.” It can even say, “I'm looking forward to doing business with you.”
Fruit baskets are classic, thoughtful, and like a perfectly tailored suit or little black dress, they never go out of style. So, we scoured the internet to find the freshest, most vibrant, and most delicious options, from organic to exotic to the best with cheese or chocolate.
Whether shopping for a loved one, business associate, family member, or yourself, here are the best fruit baskets.
Best Overall: Melissa's Produce Fabulous Fruit Fare
If you really want to knock someone's socks off, go for the Fabulous Fruit Fare from Melissa’s Produce, a company known for supplying produce to some of the country's best restaurants and TV shows, including Top Chef. This box comes with 9 pounds of mostly tropical fruit, like mango, papaya, gold pineapple, and coconut. You might also get Asian pear, kiwi, baby bananas, seasonal tangerines, and kumquats, or even harder-to-find options, like lychee, pepino melon, sapote, and tamarillo.
Best Organic: Frog Hollow Farm Organic Mixed Fruit Box
If you prefer sustainable, organic produce from farmers whose names you know, look no further than the Organic Mixed Fruit Box from Frog Hollow Farm, in Brentwood, California, where Al Courchesne has been growing fresh fruit since 1976. Frog Hollow has 143 acres of land for organically grown produce, and has been written about in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, and more. This fruit box, in particular, contains 5 pounds (nine to 12 pieces) of seasonal fruit, which may include apricots, cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, pears, heirloom apples, creamy avocados, passion fruit, and cherimoya.
Best Dried: The Fruit Company Orchard Bloom Dried Fruit Tray
For some, a dried fruit basket may be better than one boasting a fresh bounty. It’s less perishable, of course, and some people just prefer it. If you’re looking for a beautiful arrangement of dried fruit, we love this Orchard Bloom Dried Fruit Tray from The Fruit Company. It includes an assortment of dried apples, plums, kiwi, dates, apricots, prunes, and date coconut rolls with almonds arranged in a lovely flower pattern in a timeless woven basket. The only disadvantage of dried fruit is that it’s sometimes hard to make it look as plentiful and succulent as a fresh fruit display, but that’s not an issue here. Anyone would be pleased to receive this beautiful basket, and it’ll last as long as they need it to.
Best Exotic: Melissa's Produce Exotic Fruit Gift Basket
Part of the delight of a fruit basket is the rainbow of edible colors. For a spread they’ll never forget, go with the Exotic Fruit Gift Basket from Melissa’s Produce. This family-run business in Los Angeles is the largest distributor of specialty produce in the U.S. It's loved by top chefs and restaurants across the country, and it’s not hard to see why with this splendid array. Your box may include Asian pears, blood oranges, feijoas, kiwi, kumquats, persimmons, pomegranate, sapote, tamarillo, lychee, passion fruit, specialty bananas, strawberry papaya, cherimoya, baby pineapples, pepino melon, mango, star fruit, or coconuts.
Best With Nuts: Harry & David Classic Signature Gift Basket
Harry & David gift baskets are iconic. It’s hard to imagine someone not being thrilled to receive one, as everything included is delicious, cheerful, and crowd-pleasing. The Classic Signature Basket includes six Royal Riviera Pears, a quarter pound of sharp white cheddar cheese, mixed nuts (usually including cashews, almonds, walnuts, and pecans), and three-seed crackers. The assortment comes in a reusable wooden crate, complete with rope handles, with a hand-tied bow on top to keep things festive. This is our favorite basket with nuts, but it's also a great option if you’re unsure of the recipient's exact preferences. There’s a little of everything for everyone.
Best With Cheese: Frog Hollow Farm Organic Mixed Fruit & Cheese Gift Box
Some gift baskets stick to crowd-pleasing, albeit generic favorites when it comes to cheese. That’s great if you’re not sure what the recipient prefers—who doesn’t love cheddar? On the contrary, if you know they’re a big fan of cheese, you can’t do better than the Organic Mixed Fruit & Cheese Gift Box from Frog Hollow Farm. Rather than sticking with common selections, the company includes gems from its cheesemaking neighbors in California, namely the award-winning Carmody from Bellwether Farms and Original Blue from Point Reyes Farmstead. Both are iconic among cheese lovers and pair beautifully with the seasonal fruit you’ll find in these boxes.
Best With Chocolate: Edible Arangements Fruit & Chocolate Bundle
If you simply can’t decide between flowers and a fruit basket, go with this delightful bundle. The charming assortment from Edible Arrangements includes pineapple daisies, strawberry skewers, and a 27-piece Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Assorted Chocolate Box. The strawberries and pineapple are juicy and fresh, and also happen to look extra cheerful. There’s even a keepsake vase. You can opt for either the petite or regular size (the regular has a more bountiful bouquet), but either way, you’ll get the same amount of chocolate.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Writer and professional eater Christine Clark is an avid sharer and enjoyer of all things delicious. Her love languages are food and gift-giving. She has a cheese podcast, a fridge that is always too full, and a very lived-in kitchen. Her favorite fruit is whatever is in season.