After I posted the miniature porcelain veggies, I ran across a reference to antique Chinese porcelain alter fruit on a decorating blog.
The collection pictured on the desk is from the blog www.cotedetexas.blogspot.com.
This is a whole new ceramic form and tradition to me. Evidently, these small fruit are highly sought after and are very pricey.
On another site is pictured a miniature alter complete with miniature fruit and other food from the Ming period.
I can see their influence in the 1950s - 1960s glass fruit and carved monkey pod wooden fruit that was so popular then. And even in the blown glass fruit forms still being produced today.