Fruit Carving Watermelon Panda

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Michelle Knowles with the National Watermelon Promotion Board demonstrates how to carve a watermelon panda.

    Mickey Nelson: Hi! I am Mickey Nelson with the National Watermelon Promotion Board and I am going to show you how to make a panda out of a watermelon.

    Whether you and your family are fans of kung fu panda or you just like the cute cuddly adorable little guys, I am going to show you how to make that happen. First you will need a very round seedless watermelon, this one is already been rinsed and dry. Then using a large kitchen knife slice off about a half an inch from the bottom of the watermelon to create a sturdy base.

    Cut a 90-degree wedge from the back of the watermelon so that the panda face is on the front and you can create a fruit bowl with the back of the carving. Use a dry or rinsed market to draw the eyes, nose and mouth, then use a channel knife to cut around making a semi-circle design in the eye area.

    Carefully use a peeler or pairing knife to peel away the top layer of the green rind to expose the white underneath leaving the green just around the eyes, nose and mouth.

    Scoop out the watermelon and reserve to make fruit salad. Make two semi-circle green ears out of the extra rind and attach with the toothpicks to the top of the head. Attach blueberries with toothpicks in line around the eyes with gold edible glitter to make them stand out more. You can find edible glitter in the baking area of most craft stores.

    Fill your fruit bowl with fruit salad and decorate around the carving using the scraps to make a small wedge of watermelon for your panda to munch on.

    And thats how you make a watermelon panda, isnt it cute?