In this article, I want to share the carvings and lovely carved vegetable flowers made by one of my student /customers, Simon Muscat in Birzebbuga, Malta. Simon created all of the edible bouquets and fruit carvings on this page after viewing my Vegetable and Fruit Carving 101 Course for beginners. What a beautiful job he has done!
And you can make beautiful edible bouquets, too. Whether it’s for a special occasion or a simple meal at home, impressive carve vegetable flowers, in arrangements or vases, are a great addition to complete your table settings.
Another thing that I really like about these photos of carved vegetable flowers that Simon sent to me is that the photos themselves are so well done. Simon clearly took the care to artistically arrange his vegetable bouquets using attractive design and color combinations. He then used very good lighting and composed his shots well. The results are very very nice clean attractive photos of his beautifully carved vegetable flower arrangements. I simply had to share them with you.
By the way, I was interested to learn that Malta is in Europe and that Birzebugga, where Simon lives, is a seaside town known for its sandy beaches and archaeological sites. Sounds like a great place to visit!
Carved Vegetable Flower Arrangements by Simon Muscat
Here is an example of what Simon made with a few simple ingredients such as onions, shallots, carrots and tomatoes.
Did you know that it was possible to turn onions into such pretty flowers to make garnishes or a centerpiece?
These onion flowers in these arrangements are taught my Onion Lotus Flowers DVD, which is sold separately in my online shop or as Lesson 1 of my Vegetable and Fruit Carving 101 Course. They look so elegant but are really easy to make! In this video lesson, I’ll also teach you how to make the different variations with carrots and tomato like the ones in Simon’s photos.
In my video lessons, I also show you several ways to incorporate these onion flowers into your meal so that your edible bouquets are actually edible.
Now take a closer look at the gorgeous yam, turnip and beet vegetable flower arrangements that Simon carved and decorated (the full display is shown in the first photograph at the top of this page).
What an absolutely beautiful bouquet of root vegetable flowers, Simon. This is really nice, clean carving. The addition of cucumber leaves and leek spray flowers add pretty green contrast.
Wouldn’t carve vegetable flowers like these make impressive centerpieces? The designs used to make the vegetable flower arrangements shown in Simon’s photo are taught in my Yam and Turnip Flowers, Using Corrugated U-cutters DVD Video Lessons. The cucumber leaves and leek spray flowers are taught in my Fanciful Leeks and Onions DVD Video Lessons. These lessons are both sold separately in my online shop or as Lesson 4 and Lesson 8 of my complete course for beginners called Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course 101.
When I began making my online video lessons, I had no idea that I would be able to meet so many interesting people from all around the world that love vegetable and fruit carving as much as I do. Seeing students/customers, such as Simon, succeed with my lessons is a real joy.
I was delighted to get this message from Simon on my Facebook page, along with his photos:
Finally found some time to upload some pics that I made through your lessons. Now that I know some techniques and have the right tools I can be more creative… I ‘m looking forward to do more carvings. Thanks for your inspiration and looking forward for some other lessons.”
Thanks for the kind words Simon. You’ve really done a fantastic job with your carvings.
Check out these carved vegetable arrangements of calla lilies and pepper trees by Simon. I think it’s fun how he photographed them with the landscape in the background. It almost makes the palm trees look like part of the landscape – a bit like a desert oasis.
The calla lilies are another variation of vegetable flowers taught in my online video lessons. I think calla lilies make such an elegant centerpiece. The tropical pepper palm trees are just plain fun!
You can learn to make the fennel calla lilies in my Melon Bunny and Lillies DVD Video Lessons. The pepper tree is taught in my Fun with Peppers DVD Lessons. Like my other DVDs, these can be purchased separately in my online shop or as Lesson 3 and lesson 6 of my 11 Week Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course for Beginners.
This next carving by Simon is a change from vegetable flowers, but it will definitely add a nice touch to your meal or snack.
Place your carved apple swans on a mirror and place a few carved shallot flowers on small pieces of lettuce around the mirror and you will be able to create an edible centerpiece that look like swans swimming in a pond with lilies on lily pads.
Or you could make a larger centerpiece of buffet display by using the same apple swan techniques to carve swans from melons.
This apple swan is taught in my Hearts and Roses DVD and Online Lessons. These lessons don’t require any special carving tools so it’s a great way to try out vegetable and fruit carving to see if you like it!
If you’d like to see what beginner students have been able to create by watching these video lessons, check out their photos below:
How to Use Your Carved Vegetable Flowers as Part of a Meal
Looking for ways to display and serve your carved vegetable flowers for a special occasion? Here are a few ideas for you.
1. Use the carved onion lotuses as dip holders for other cut up vegetables. A chipotle or red pepper hummus would look lovely inside the white onion.
2. Take one of the vegetable flowers, such as a fennel calla lily, and place it on a plate as part of your table setting. Fennel is delicious when brushed with olive oil and grilled, so you can serve it as an appetizer.
3. The apple swan can be arranged on a plate surrounded by cut up fruit, such as strawberries and bananas, and served with chocolate fondue. How’s that for an charming and different carved fruit dessert?
4. The vegetable flowers can be used to decorate a plate, as in Simon’s photo below. Make room for a delicious beet salad that I will share with you.
Check out my recipe for a delicious beet salad that you can serve with your carved vegetable flowers.
Find Out How Easy It Is To Carve Vegetable Flowers
If all this talk about carving vegetable flowers inspires you to try making your own centerpiece or decoration, you can sign up for my free lesson showing you how to make radish bouquet.
Once you impress your dinner guests with this easy edible bouquet made from radishes, you’ll definitely want to learn more! If you like, you can visit my online shop to find all the lessons and tools you’ll need to get started with vegetable flowers and fruit carvings to make your own edible centerpieces.
Thank you, Simon, for sharing photos of your beautiful vegetable flowers. You’ve given us some great ideas for making some lovely centerpieces, bouquets and platters.
When you take some great photos of your carved vegetable flowers and fruit carvings that you learned in my lessons, I would love to see them!