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Fun Food: Watermelon Carving

Why is it so much fun to carve a watermelon? It’s big, it’s sturdy…there’s something about that blank canvas that just cries out for creativity.

For this year’s watermelon carving issue, we’re featuring this cool party creation, courtesy of Chef Joe of Friday Night Out Catering in Berwyn, PA. This pirate ship is rigged together with a complex arrangement of dowels and string. The crow’s nest is made from a carved yellow squash.

As a companion to the main ship, he made two little fishing boats. The hull of the boats are from hollowed-out cucumbers; the sails are from watermelon rind with the white part removed so they are just a thin layer of green skin. He completes the picture with ornately carved carrots for the fishing nets.


If you’re not feeling architecturally inclined, but you have mad carving skills, don’t forget that you can still dress up your watermelon with some engraved artwork. Chef Joe used carving techniques to etch out this watermelon Mona Lisa.

To do this delicate carving work, use a channel knife, which is often found at the top of a vegetable peeler. And even if your art is not quite up to snuff, you can still carve out words or messages in your watermelon.


Want more ideas? We have so many it’s hard to count. Check out our Summer Watermelon Carving post for a full rundown on ideas from Shrek to a Minecraft Creeper. Inspired? Ready for a party? Time to pull out the knives and the melon ballers and get creative!

Summer fun food: Because food should be fun.

Questions about how to make the pirate ship or the Mona Lisa? You can reach Chef Joe at fnocatering [at] comcast.net


3 Responses to Fun Food: Watermelon Carving

  1. Sippitysup August 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    I can not stop smiling! GREG


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