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    Thailand's Meticulous Fruit Carving Tradition

    With its sumptuous combinations of flavours, colours and textures, itís not a stretch to say that Thai cuisine constitutes a work of art. However, when it comes to Thai fruits, theyíre quite often transformed into a literal piece of art ó hereís more about it.













    Edible art







    Known in Thai as kae sa luk, fruit carving is an art form that requires extreme dedication to learn the craft, carve the food perfectly and intricately, and obviously not to eat it as youíre going along. From shaping tomato skin into roses and turning cucumbers into flower petals, as well as transforming an apple into a swan, itís an unmistakably Thai tradition thatís as beautiful as it is delicious. Whilst most fruits can be shaped in this manner, one of the most popular fruits to use is a watermelon. Soft to work with and deep enough to allow a fair amount of detail, itís common to walk into fancy restaurants and hotels and see watermelons turned into wonderful works of art. These often include layered flowers, three-dimensional roses, and whatever the artists can come up with.

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    The carving of fruits and vegetables in Thailand isnít a new phenomenon, but something thatís been happening for hundreds of years. The origins of the practice can be traced all the way back to the 14th century during the Sukhothai dynasty. However, rather than adorning breakfast buffets and restaurant tables, as in modern times, it was originally performed exclusively for royal families. Fruits were carved both for decorative purposes and for the food to look more appealing before it was eaten. Some tales attribute it to a royal servant looking to create a beautiful float for the Loy Krathong festival. Whilst the traditionís popularity might have waned over the centuries, itís not gone completely. Recent efforts to keep the art form alive might see it making a resurgence in the future.

    The tradition today







    Amid real risk of losing the art form forever, the government moved to introduce fruit carving in education. Available as an optional subject in some schools, thereís hope that one day the practice will again be as widespread as it once was.

    Although itís thought by some experts to be a difficult trade in which to earn a profit in todayís world, there will always be space for talented artists in this medium. Aside from food carving competitions occurring annually in the Land of Smiles, carved fruits are also popular items to donate in temples and to present at weddings.











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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
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    Beautiful. I could never bring myself to eat it. Be like consuming the Mona Lisa.
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    Beautiful.

    A much smaller sample from a street festival in Berlin a number of years back.

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    Don't stick your dick in that.

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    The display of art in Thailand is predominately seen in the sculpture of Buddhist images, which date from the 11th century to the present and arguably outrank the population of the country. Ornate and finely crafted from wood, metals, ivory, precious stones and stucco, these icons represent the Buddha's doctrine (Buddha and Dharma) and the Buddhist clergy. The themes of classical painting are most prevalent in the form of mural paintings which are found in Buddhist temples and palaces. These beautiful and delicate works, like art, often depict stories of Buddhism in addition to customs and traditions. One of the oldest art forms is fruit and vegetable carving and is used to decorate the dining table and plates. This art heritage originated in the 14th century as decorations for the floating lamp for the Royal Festival celebrated on the night of the full moon of the 12th month of every year and has been passed down through women. Carvings may also be seen in some restaurants and centres.





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