Decoratively cut fruit can make great additions to your table decorations on special occasions. Fruits can be cut to make just about any design with the proper amount of training and skill. Most fruits that are neither too hard nor too soft can be carved to make decorative designs.
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Watermelons are great for carving into designs because they are large, firm, not too hard and retain their carved shape. Think of a watermelon as a large, blank fruit-carving canvas with great potential. You can carve a face, a replica of a photograph or many other designs into the surface of a watermelon. Use the bright red inside as accents to specific parts of your design for added effect.
Cantaloupes and honeydew melons are smaller than watermelons, yet still firm enough to carve. The skin of a cantaloupe is tough and may take a little work to get through. Be careful not to force anything as this may ruin the design. The inside of a cantaloupe is orange and a honeydew is a light green colour. Use the correct fruit to achieve the colour you desire in your design.
Pineapples are more difficult to carve because, while firm enough to carve, the fruit is rather juicy and the fruit sometimes breaks apart by nature. Because of this, be careful when carving a pineapple and try to avoid taking out large chunks of the fruit in your designs. Take it slow when carving a pineapple.
Candidates for carving designs do not have to be large fruits. Any fruit that is not completely soft on the inside like a tomato or banana can have designs carved into it. Think outside the box and see what fruits you can carve. Do not use large knives on small fruits, such as limes and strawberries, but instead use smaller knives so you do not accidentally make too large a cut.
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