Fruit and vegetables used in Mukimono art
The fruits and vegetables that can be found worldwide give us a wide range of products to perform Mukimono art. There is an obvious difference among raw materials used in the places well known for their expertise, such as China, Japan, Thailand, Mexico, the USA and… anywhere, due to availability throughout the year. Among the most used vegetables are: potato, sweet potato, carrot, turnip, radish, onion and celery. On the fruitside we find: Chinese melons (Honey Dew), Valencia melon (cantaloupe), kiwi, peppers (red, green or yellow), eggplant, cucumber, pumpkin, apple, watermelon, pineapple, papaya, tomato, and citrus fruits such as lemon, orange, grapefruit and tangerine. Some of the figures that can be created are: a penguin with an eggplant, a dragon with yellow sweet potatoes, a basket with a melon, a crab with a cucumber, a dove with a turnip, a boat with a watermelon, a flower with a turnip, a lobster with carrots, or a vase with a pineapple, to name only a few.
Since Mukimono art always seeks balance between colors, shapes and textures, decorations can be presented on oval, circular, oblong, rectangular or round plates or trays, in bowls, or on pedestals and to give the presentation height. Besides the aforementioned, sheets of marble, glass or mirrors are used very often because they make the food look more appealing. Mukimono art is undoubtedly an excellent option when thinking of giving a distinct flavour and appeal to our social events.