Fruit & vegetable carving is an old tradition in Thailand that started about 640 years ago.

 

      At that time, during the Royal Festival, a floating lamp formed from carved fruits and vegetables caught the eye of then emperor Phra Ruang. He was impressed with the work and decreed that the method will become a Thai art.

      Read more about the Fruit Carving story here.

 

 

 

 

Pornchai Kliangnin is one of the few people who has mastered the art of fruit & vegetable carving.

 

 

 

 

The purpose of fruit & vegetable carving is to make food more attractive and more appetizing.

 

 

 

 

In the fruit carver's skilled hands and using a small and very sharp pointed knife, an ordinary pumpkin is turned into a bouquet of flowers.

 

 

 

 

This carved watermelon is a beautiful decoration of a thai buffet.

 

 

 

 

Detail of a watermelon flower.

 

 

 

 

Beautiful arrangement of Pornchai's fruit carving pieces and part of his dancing costume.

 

 

 

 

A honey melon is transformed into a bouquet of flowers.

 

 

 

 

Almost any kind of vegetable can be used. These are radish "flowers", which are often used to decorate Thai dishes.

 

 

 

 

Not all carvings are as small as flowers; a large round pumpkin can be crafted into a decorated bowl, which can be used for a curry or fruit salad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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