May 29, 2008

Carved Fruit Centerpieces

Carved fruit centerpieces - some so beautiful they take your breath away. Recently I was watching “Fantasy Fruit Sculptures” on Food Network which was held on the island of Hawaii. It involved four fruit sculpting artists turning ordinary watermelons and other common fruits and vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, radishes, cabbage and cantaloupes) into magnificent carved centerpieces. The art of fruit and vegetable carving is called kae-sa-lak. It is a highly prized skill in China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand - originally used to decorate only the tables of the very rich.

carved watermelon
 
The story of fruit and vegetable carving began over 700 years ago.  Held at the full moon in December, many people released small, decorated rafts of flowers, carved fruit and candles onto the river to thank the soul of water for all their blessings.

carved fruit and watermelon
 

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