Recently, I stumbled upon an amazing food art that has been practiced in China for centuries. It’s a form of fruit carving you could say, but it involves carving the pit of fruits. I’ve never heard of it before but was amazed at how beautiful and intricate it is.
China’s Incredible Miniature Food Art
This miniature folk food art is called “Heidao” in Chinese and refers to both fruit pit and walnut carving. Remember as you look at these that the photos that most of them are larger than life size. These are small fruit pits!
Peach stones are most commonly used for carving. Other fruit pits used include apricot stones and olive stones It requires a highly skilled carver and special tools to create a beautiful end product.
Look the incredible detail in these fruit pit carvings. What a unique form of food art!
Carved peach stones are often worn as necklaces or pendants.
A pendant carved from a peach stone is worn in Chinese culture to ward off evil spirits
I am just so awe-struck by this incredible Chinese miniature food art. Just look at all the different facial expressions carved into these fruit pits:
More Amazing Food Art in China
There is some serious food art that happens in China. For example, a few months ago I discovered Chinese sugar painting.
You can check out Chinese Sugar painting on my previous blog post by clicking here. You can see a video on how this is done. It’s a really beautiful art form, comparable to traditional painting – and it’s edible too!
Check out this Video on the Amazing Food Art of Fruit Pit Carving
Here is a really interesting video on the food art of fruit pit carving. Bob Shamey from Pennsylvania is a tooth pick carver and a fruit pit carver.
In the video, you can first see how he turns toothpicks into wonderful works of art. Then he’ll move onto food art using peach pits for carving.
Food Art can be really beautiful and takes practice and skill just like any traditional art form. It’s also fun and can usually be eaten afterwards. I say usually because some artists use food just for display purposes or art exhibitions.
If you want to see some more interesting food art, click on the link below:
This blog is also full of ideas on making your own food art out of fruit and vegetables, so feel free to browse around or check out my free lesson on vegetable carving for beginners!