Category: Watermelon

Watermelon carving | Flower

Watermelon carving | Flower

You may be familiar with pumpkin carving, but have you ever heard of watermelon carving? The art of ornate fruit carving has been featured on Martha Stewart, Youtube and even the  Food Network.  

Unlike pumpkins, small personal watermelons are available in most grocery stores year round. If you like carving pumpkins and are looking for some practice or just want to try another medium, pick up a few of these on your next trip to the market.

 The story of fruit and vegetable carving begins about 700 years ago in Sukothai, the capital of the Tai people, in what is now the north of central Thailand. Sukothai was the capital of the region from 1240 – 1350. In preparation for one of their major festivals, Loi Kratong, one of the King’s servants, called Nang Noppamart, tried to think how she could make her Kratong more beautiful, in order to please the king. She took a flower and used it as a pattern to carve from. She then carved a bird and set it with its head pointing towards the flower. Loi Kratong is still celebrated today and Sukothai is one of the best places in Thailand to experience it.

 After the revolution in 1932 fruit and vegetable carving became less popular. Those worried about the art disappearing set up a course to train people to teach the art to everyone in Thailand. Today it is taught from the age of 11 in primary schools through secondary school and on to university where it is an optional subject. The art is now being passed to foreign people and is being practised around the world. It is particularly popular with chefs who use it to improve the presentation of their food.

Watermelon carving

 

Glowing watermelon

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