The origins of vegetable carving are disputed: some believe it to have begun in Japan in ancient times, others believe it to have begun in Sukothai, Thailand 700 years ago, while still others believe that vegetable carving originated in the time of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-906) and the Sung Dynasty (AD 960-1279) in China, nowadays it's popular worldwide. For home fruit and vegetable carving you will need one essential tool, a good carving knife, and you can start. It will take lot of practising before your carvings are comparable to professional ones. Sometimes it's unbelievable what a skilled carver can create from watermelon in minutes.
In the mid 20th Century, the art of vegetable carving began to grow outside Thailand. Since then other cultures have slowly come to appreciate the beauty and culture associated with the practice. Today, one can marvel at Vegetable carving throughout the world. The products of vegetable carving are generally flowers or birds; however, the only limit is one’s imagination. The techniques of vegetable carving vary from person to person, as does the final result. Some carvings present more artistic detail, while others have simple, yet beautiful shapes. Vegetable carving is generally used as a garnish. It can also be used for flower arranging.