Fruit and Cheese Board

The perfection of a fruit and cheese board

Ah, the lure of a fabulous fruit and cheese board! It's the perfect pairing tastes and textures. Where crisp and juicy meets soft and creamy. Where sweet and tart meets salty tang. There's an entire universe of flavor sensations to explore in the fruit and cheese board, and no two culinary expeditions are exactly the same.

When you want to take your fruit and cheese board to new gastronomic heights, try building your platter with cheese from Wisconsin. Our cheesemakers produce the tastiest, highest-quality, most award-winning cheese on the planet. And with 600+ varieties, flavors, and styles, there are endless ways to match Wisconsin cheese with fruit. Whether it's stracchino and quince, gorgonzola and pear, or aged cheddar with tart apple slices, you'll find Wisconsin cheese makes any fruit pairing a match made in flavor heaven.

Take a cruise through our website to find the best cheeses for cheese boards and fruit pairing. Search our recipes to find ideas for great meat and cheese platters. Or read on for tips on building a better fruit and cheese board.

What pairs well on a fruit and cheese board

Here are some suggestions for your shopping list as you prepare a fruit and cheese board.


The best cheeses for a charcuterie board are also great for a fruit and cheese platter. You'll want to include 4 to 6 types of cheese, focusing on a variety of tastes and textures. (If you can't find the right cheeses at your local grocery store, you might check for gourmet cheese delivery services in your area.)

  • Soft cheeses like brie, camembert, fresh mozzarella, and burrata
  • Hard or semi-hard cheeses like aged cheddar, gouda, gruyere, asiago, manchego, parmesan, and pepper jack
  • Crumbly cheeses like blue cheese, goat cheese, and feta cheese


Start by choosing fruits that are in season. For winter, think pears, apples, persimmons, and pomegranate quarters along with dried fruits. In summer, berries and stone fruits are ideal. Avoid the really juicy fruits that will make a complete mess of the board.

  • Berry fruits like blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, and grapes
  • Stone fruits like cherries, apricots, nectarines, plums, and peaches
  • Tree fruits like apples and pears
  • Tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, fig, dates, pomegranates, bananas, and papaya
  • Melons like cantaloupe and honeydew

Accenting complement three foods

You'll want to include a variety of other finger foods to complement your fruit and cheese.

  • Jams, spreads and dips like fig jam and honey
  • Bread and crackers
  • Olives and pickles
  • Dark chocolate
  • Cured meats
  • Pistachios, almonds, and candied nuts

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What is a fruit and cheese board?

What is a fruit and cheese board?

A fruit and cheese board is a collection of fruits and cheeses that pair well together. A fruit and cheese board typically also includes bread and crackers, olives and pickles, nuts, dips and spreads, and chocolate.

What should I serve a fruit and cheese board on?

A large wooden, marble or stone cutting board works well for a fruit and cheese platter. You can also use a piece of slate or a chalkboard, which allows you to label each type of cheese in chalk.

What are some tips for making a fruit and cheese board?

Cheese tastes best at room temperature, so be sure to take the cheese out of the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving. Give each cheese its own knife and cut several pieces of the harder cheeses ahead of time to make it easier for guests. When arranging the board, start with the larger dishes or chunks of cheese first, spreading them around the board. Then fill in the gaps with smaller items.

What is burrata and what fruit does it pair with?

Burrata is a favorite for fruit and cheese boards. Made with an outer shell of mozzarella and filled with soft, stringy curds and cream, burrata pairs well with peaches, plums, and other stone fruits as well as melons and berries.

Try a fruit and award-winning cheese board

In Wisconsin, we love fruit and cheese boards. They're one more way to get what we love most: Wisconsin cheese.

"What makes Wisconsin cheese so good?" you ask. It starts with high-quality milk produced on thousands of farms – 9 of every 10 gallons of milk in Wisconsin winds up as cheese. Next, our 1200 cheesemakers apply the techniques they've obsessively honed over the last two centuries to turn that milk into the finest cheese in the world.

"Are you sure it's the finest?" you ask. "Yes," we smile humbly but confidently. Then we point to the 5,552 awards for cheese we've earned that sit atop our mile-long mantle. That's more awards than any other state in the country and any other country in the world. So, yeah, were pretty sure Wisconsin cheese is the best. Which means when you build your fruit and cheese board with cheese from Wisconsin, you're in for an award-winning treat.

Craving award-winning aged cheddar, pining for parmesan, or searching for a new cheese to try? The world’s best cheese is just a click away! Explore our directory of Wisconsin cheesemakers and retailers who offer online cheese shopping and get cheese shipped right to your door. What are you waiting for?

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