Set the table with these food-styling tricks for every season
EGGPLANT Solanum melongena
These make a real impact when kept intact and grouped with purple fruits.
ROCKMELON Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis
Display whole, like a sculpture. When it’s cut in half to eat, the leftover half will still look great.
DOUGHNUT PEACH Prunus persica var. platycarpa
A plate of these cute peaches will make a super sweet table centrepiece in summer.
LYCHEE Litchi chinensis
The delicate size of lychees will look beautiful scattered over a white scalloped ceramic plate.
LOQUAT Eriobotrya japonica
Display a branch of these small golden globes along a table or standing in a tall vase.
BITTER MELON Momordica charantia
Arrange this tactile fruit on a marble or wooden board for an instant talking point.
ROSE APPLE Syzygium jambos
Whether you grow or buy them, this pretty pink fruit looks beautiful on a cake stand.
NASHI PEAR Pyrus pyrifolia
For a winter dinner party, put some honey-hued pears in a brass Champagne bucket.
CHERRY Prunus avium
Perfect for the Christmas table. Pile them high in a footed bowl with the stems attached.
QUINCE Cydonia oblonga
The citron hue looks especially elegant against a grey tablecloth or cement surface.
GLOBE ARTICHOKE Cynara scolymus
Buy with long stems and arrange a bunch in a large cylindrical vase or pitcher.
PAPAYA Carica papaya
Create a tropical cocktail party vibe with a papaya or two cut in half and a whole pineapple.
MANGO Mangifera indica
A summer table isn’t complete without a big, coloured-glass bowl of ripe mangoes.
FIG Ficus carica
Halve or quarter the fruit and arrange on top of an elevated platter with a bunch of grapes.
LEMON Citrus limon
A big bowl of lemons en masse with some leaves attached feels oh-so Mediterranean.
OKRA Abelmoschus esculentus
Fill a brass bowl with these finger-shaped greens. Buy in summer and autumn.
GRANNY SMITH APPLE Malus
Fill a tall cylindrical glass vase with lots of apples. Their colour needs no extra embellishment.
BEURRE BOSC PEAR Solanum melongena
Sculptural pears, standing upright or on their sides, look elegant in moody settings.
PASSIONFRUIT Passiflora edulis
Channel the colours of the Amalfi with the halved fruit on a brightly painted ceramic plate.
KIWIFRUIT Actinidia deliciosa
Place a few halved kiwis in a bowl of mixed fruit to show off the speckled green centres.
SNAKE BEANS Vigna unguiculata ssp. sesquipedalis
Available most of the year, drape these vibrant vegies over eggplant or tomatoes.
CUSTARD APPLE Annona reticulata
The knobbly skin suits a rustic table setting – think timber, hessian and tawny-hued linen.
PERSIMMON Diospyros virginiana
Insert a few persimmons in an autumn fruit display – that vibrant orange red will pop.
POMEGRANATE Punica granatum
Spread pomegranate wedges over an emerald-green platter; the seeds will look like jewels.
BUDDHA’S HAND Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis
This finger-like citron fruit will make a striking centrepiece and alternative to flowers.