Known is that fruits, apart from being a real delicacy, are an infallible element of good taste when it comes to decorating. But today we are going to talk about something else: about Mukimono art, where imagination is the only limit.
1. Apple Swan
By definition, Mukimono is the art of decorating fruits and vegetables by carving them. For this purpose, various techniques are used and, in the same way as to sculpt a statue, various tools that in this case will be extremely sharp special knives, more similar to those used to sculpt wood than those that could be used for eating or cooking.
2. Apple Fruit Bowl
Almost all culinary techniques of this type come from China and begin its journey between the sixth and seventh centuries. At first, they were religious demonstrations to thank the gods for things that were attributed to them. The believers carved mythical animals such as dragons, fish or birds and made these offerings to them.
3. Fruit Coconut Tree
Since then it has been practiced in this and other Asian countries such as Korea, Thailand (which is the most widespread and exotic flowers are made), Japan (where comes the name of Mukimono, with geometric shapes above all) and the Philippines.
4. Banana Octopus and Puppy
At first, they were large demonstrations with religious purposes, thanking the gods, seeking the maximum possible splendor. Currently, this technique is used in haute cuisine for purely decorative purposes, although sometimes these creations are served as garnishes in certain dishes, usually desserts.
5. Fruit Flower Bouquet
Still, who would dare to eat such a successful sculpture? What they want is to take it home and put it in a showcase at the entrance…
6. Orange Crab
Among the most used vegetables are the sweet potato (sweet potato), carrot, turnip, radish, cucumber, eggplant, onion, pepper (red, green or yellow), celery and pumpkin among others.
7. Apple Crab
For the part that corresponds to fruits are the Chinese melon, Valencian melon, kiwi, apple, watermelon, pineapple, papaya, and citrus fruits such as lemon, orange, grapefruit, and tangerine.
8. Fruit Hedgehog
9. Fruit Christmas Tree