Art of Vegetable Carving
records show that vegetable carving was first begun almost 800
years ago in Thailand and China, where local artisans often
dazzled the royal court with beautiful centerpieces made with,
and inspired by, nature itself.
and familiar root crops like carrots, radishes and turnips -
along with and other vegetables like peppers, tomatoes and squash
- took center stage as they were magically transformed into
exotic birds like parrots or peacocks, or delicately carved
into roses, daisies, and other flowers.
As the years past, vegetable carving along with decorative fruit
carving reached the level of pop cult status throughout
Asia, and became a traditional feature at restaurants or family
Today, vegetable carving is no longer a feast fit ONLY for kings,
and has been adapted by other countries and cultures as a sophisticated
way to 'wow' guests with special garnishes, or to add humorous
touches to the home table.
resurgence of vegetable carving's popularity is now often seen
at festive dinner parties, where the everyday veggie-and-dip
dip tray becomes the evening's highlight when carved into a
colorful display of flowers or birds.
What's more, any get-together can be an occasion for showing off a new-found
carving skill. In addition to
Halloween pumpkin carving other holidays such as
Thanksgiving, Christmas or Valentine's Day lend themselves perfectly
to a beautiful centerpiece made entirely of vegetables and leafy
kids' lunches or dinners, sides of nutritious vegetables can be magically turned into a fun feast
when presented as cartoon faces or other comic shapes.
to incredible interest in the topic, Chiff.com has also prepared
a special Web supplement to this page, Vegetable
Carving for Beginners that offers more than 30 fast,
easy vegetable carving projects in a downloadable e-book available
about vegetable carving around the Web:
Fruit and Vegetable Carving - Lovely examples of how
cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots and other vegetables can be transformed
into impressive centerpieces, with suggested reading and related
Fruit and Vegetable Carving - Good overview with tips
on preparation, plus example projects with instructions, related
Stuff Works - How to Garnish - Complete tutorials on
how to carve or prepare professional vegetable garnishes using
cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, and more.