Watermelon Fruit Basket
This Watermelon Fruit Basket Carving Centerpiece for Fruit Salad comes from the book Vegetable & Fruit Carving Exquisite Vessel.
Step-by-step directions on how to make this unusual covered watermelon basket for serving fruit salad recipes for summer picnics and parties are given in this book along with many more fruit and vegetable carvings.
Materials and Tools :Watermelon, turnip, carving knives, thin knife, and fruit scoop
- Choose a round watermelon with thick skin. Wash with water and towel dry. Peel the green off slightly. Neaten.
- Cut the watermelon in half. Scoop out all the flesh, and neaten. For the upper part, cut out 1.5 cm. wide rim. Cut deeply to make the rim stand out. Do the same with the rim of the lower part. Draw the patterns all around as shown.
- For the lid, use the carving knife to cut through along the drawing. Then neaten the patterns.
- At the top of the lid, cut the turnip to be 8-10 cm. long. Shape the tip to curl slightly. Cut out 0.5 cm. thick base. Make deep cuts to remove the flesh, and neaten. Carving out,the pattern by cutting above the curl to make notched petals. Remove the flesh and neaten. Proceed the same way for one more row. Groove the middle of the petal, and carve out the top. Neaten. Then grove horizontal tracks, insert a stick and attach it to the lid.
Fruit Salad Recipe:
Use the freshest seasonal fruits available in any combination of two or more types: cantaloupe, honeydew melon, seedless grapes, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, plums, oranges etc. Mix together and chill for at least 4 hours and serve in this Carved Watermelon Fruit Basket.