Gifts of Good Taste: Exotic Fruit Basket & Deluxe Pantry Box

The oohs and ahhs that I received when I brought Melissa’s Produce Deluxe Exotic Centerpiece Basket to Thanksgiving dinner made me realize that it is the perfect Christmas holiday gift, too. The exotic fruit basket awed my sister-in-law’s family when I placed it on her buffet table.

Melissa’s Produce can make you feel like a hero, too. Whether you are going home for the holidays or sheltering in place this year, Melissa’s Produce can help you spread the love.  They’ll ship your gift to anywhere in the USA.* Here’s my recommendations for the perfect holiday gifts, including the tropical fruit basket:

Deluxe Exotic Centerpiece Basket

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Each exotic fruit basket is adorned with a decorative ribbon that is sure to awe | UNSTOPPABLE Stacey photo

The arrangement of exotic fruit arrived in a gift basket wrapped in cellophane with a big red bow. It was delivered to my door in a heavyweight produce box, and when I picked up the large package, I knew I was in for a treat. The exotic fruit box was packed with 8.5 pounds of exotic fruits.

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Melissa's Produce Deluxe Exotic Fruit Centerpiece Unwrapped

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The presentation of the cornucopia of tropical fruits delivers an exciting taste of the exotic rather than traditional fruits in the tropical fruit basket | UNSTOPPABLE Stacey photo

Inside my Deluxe Exotic Centerpiece Basket was a Blood Orange all the way from Australia, baby bananas from Mexico, a cherimoya native to Brazil, Dragon Fruit from the desert, an Asian Pear, a tangy and sweet Mango, a Papaya and a juicy Gold Pineapple. Melissa’s Produce artistically arranges the tropical fruits in a woven wicker basket. I was disappointed that I did not get any passion fruit. However, they include fruits that are in season, so the selection of exotic fruits arranged in the Deluxe Exotic Centerpiece Basket changes according to growing seasons.

Take your gift up a notch and have Melissa’s Produce include a bottle of wine with your gift. They offer the Giving Hope Gift Basket, and as a bonus, a portion of the gift’s proceeds goes to pet adoption agencies.

Whether you deliver the unique exotic fruit basket in person as I did, or have the exotic fruit box shipped directly to your loved ones, the centerpiece makes a beautiful hostess gift for both casual dinners and extravagant parties.

Melissa’s Produce Deluxe Pantry Box

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The Deluxe Pantry Box is so perfect for gift giving that you’ll want to order one for yourself. They keep your pantry stocked for unexpected gatherings or last-minute dinner ideas during the busy holidays.

Contents of the Deluxe Pantry Box | UNSTOPPABLE Stacey photo

My Deluxe Pantry Box arrived with almost everything I need to keep my pantry stocked with staples needed for meals throughout the busy holidays. It included:

So between the exotic fruit box and the Deluxe Pantry Box, I was able to put together some delightful and festive meals.

Melissa’s Produce Steamed Veggies Make Dinner Prep Easy

Bow Tie Pasta with Artichoke Hearts | UNSTOPPABLE Stacey photo

Melissa’s Produce steamed veggies make dinner prep easy. I added the Steamed Artichoke Hearts to one of my favorite quick dinner recipes:

Bow Tie Pasta with Chicken and Steamed Artichoke Hearts

1.) Cook bow-tie (farfalle) pasta – save H20

2.) 2T olive oil

¾ lb chicken breast, cubes

Cook for five minutes

3.) Heat Melissa’s Produce Steamed Artichoke Hearts in the microwave for two minutes

4.) Add spinach, artichoke hearts, grape tomatoes (cut in half) and pasta

Cook one minute

5.) Add ½ c. cream, salt and ¼ c. water in which pasta cooked

Heat thoroughly

Steamed Beets on Salad

The steamed beets are delicious in green leafy salads. I like to sprinkle the salad with Feta cheese.

Dragon Fruit Salad Makes Stunning Holiday Dessert

dragon fruit sliced in two, hollowed out and the fushia pink rind filled with cubes of white fruit, sliced green kiwi and chunks of pink papaya and cream-colored cherimoya
Dragon Fruit salad is more like a dessert

Dragon Fruit Salad makes a colorful, stunning holiday dessert presentation and is so much easier to prepare than traditional Christmas cookies. I simply hollowed out the Dragon Fruit rind, diced the white-colored fruit, mixed it with sliced kiwi cherimoya and papaya.

Dragon Fruit, found in the tropical fruit basket, is an exotic cactus fruit with a delicate flavor. Its texture is reminiscent of watermelon, and so it’s really the vibrant color that makes it so appealing.

Melissa’s Produce Baby Vegetable Gift Basket

I haven’t tried Melissa’s Baby Vegetables Basket yet, but I think it would make a fabulous holiday gift basket. Learn more about it here.

Conclusion: The Gift of Good Taste

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Melissa's Produce Deluxe Exotic Fruit Centerpiece is a perfect holiday gift | UNSTOPPABLE Stacey photo

Send Melissa’s Produce gourmet exotic fruit box, tropical fruit basket arrangement, mini veggie basket or Deluxe Pantry Box to show the love to family and friends this holiday season. Melissa’s Produce will ship tropical fruit baskets and more directly to you or your loved ones far away.*

Thank you, Melissa’s Produce for making my holidays brighter–and easier–and for the exotic fruit basket and the Deluxe Pantry Box.


*Some states regulate the types of fruit that can be delivered in the tropical fruit basket. Melissa Produce’s online store lets you know the shipping regulations.

As is common in the travel industry, UNSTOPPABLE Stacey was provided with exotic fruit box and other food for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the Arizona travel writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

In addition, this blog, UNSTOPPABLE Stacey Travel, contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, Stacey earns a commission at no extra cost to you. These commissions help reduce the costs of keeping this travel blog active. 

Further, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Thanks for reading.

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