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Fruit and vegetable carving is truly an amazing and beautiful, edible art. It is as varied as the people who carve.

Although it is seen and practiced quite a bit in Asia, many Westerners are unfamiliar with the beauty of Fruit and Vegetable Carving. When I meet someone new, and they ask what I do, and I tell them that I teach fruit and vegetable carving, they will often say, “Oh yeah, you mean like those fruit flower bouquets made by Edible Arrangements?” I reply, “Well, kind of. Fruit bouquets are just one simple type. There is so much more.”

Learn Fruit and Vegetable Carving to Add WOW to Your Meal Presentation

Nita with her watermelon fruit carving

Nita teaches how to carve watermelons like this one.

When I show them photos, they “get” it and are usually amazed at the beauty, intricacy and variety of food art.

Some Westerners have seen fruit and vegetable carving displays on cruise ships but most have not seen the truly beautiful creations done in the Thai or Chinese style unless they have visited Asian countries.

There are a huge variety of fruit and vegetable carving styles. Carving ideas are as varied as the people who carve fruits and veggies. In addition to Asian countries, outstanding carvings can see seen in India, Russia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Italy as well as many other countries. It is gaining in popularity here in the United States. There are a growing number of fruit and vegetable carving competitions as well as people who carve simply for the enjoyment of it.

Fruit CarvingUses for Fruit and Vegetable Carving

Fruit and vegetable carving is often used for decorations for weddings, feasts and other celebrations. They are often combined with natural greens and flowers to make elaborate and colorful displays.

It’s fun to add fruit and vegetable carving touches to your home or party. You can dress up your meal presentation, add unexpected touches to your table setting, decorate buffet platters or use carving arrangements as a centerpiece. It’s also fun the bring them to pot lucks or as a hostess gift. Beautiful fruit creations, even the simplest carvings, are almost always receives with oohhh, aaahhhs and compliments. You’ll see what I mean when you begin making carvings yourself.

Fun carvings will delight children and entice them to eagerly eat their fruit. I’ve seen it happen, time and time again.

It is uncertain at to where to exactly where Fruit and Vegetable Carving actually began. History suggests that it started in China in the 7th century A.D. It is practiced in China and Japan is widespread today in Thailand. Thailand is well known for it’s beautiful and intricate fruit creations.

Fruit and vegetable carving has spread around the globe. And there are countless home cooks, professional chefs, and hobbyists that enjoy it.

Fruit Carvings

These are some of the creations taught in Nita’s Vegetable and Fruit Carving 101 Course

The more I learn, the more I continue to be amazed at the variety and beauty. There are as many styles of fruit and vegetable carving as there are people who carve fruit. There are so many different styles and skill levels. The ideas are limitless…from simple garnishes to amazing large and detailed carving arrangements of all sorts of fruits.

Learn Fruit and Vegetable Carving

Since making my first simple watermelon carving, I have become totally enamored with the beauty of carving fruit and want to share it with those who want to learn. I especially enjoy when my students are excited about their successful fruit and vegetable carvings and all the positive reactions they get from their friends, family and guests.

It really can be easier than you think once you understand some basic techniques and have the right tools. I know that I wasted a lot of unnecessary time and expense in my quest to become a better fruit carver. You can read more about that here. I want to make it easier for others to get started than it was for me and that is why I decided to create this website and my video fruit and vegetable carving lessons. You can learn more about my Vegetable and Fruit Carving 101 Course for Beginners.

Here is a super simple mini-lesson showing how to make roses with citrus peels.

If you’d like to learn more, sign in below for a full free lesson showing how to make a lovely radish bouquet centerpiece.

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You can learn more about my Vegetable and Fruit Carving 101 Course for Beginners.