Fruits and vegetables have long been a favorite in Thai cuisine. Artists study long hours to learn how to carve and combine these items to create edible works of art. Studying food art has long been a passion in Thailand and children are taught as part of their normal schooling. Colleges offer optional classes in the carving of fruit and vegetables. This has been a staple of formal Thai food presentation since the 13th century.
This type of art was originally invented as part of the Loi Kratong festival in north central Thailand. As the story goes, a servant of the King wanted to present beautiful food. She carved fruits and vegetables to create a flower and bird scene out of fresh produce. Since then, the art has been passed down through the generations. Serious students still study this art in the hopes they will be chosen to present their dishes to the Royal Family of Thailand.