Musical instruments made from vegetables

  • 13 March 2012
Watch the carrot panpipes in play

We've always been told to not play with our food, but these two brothers from China clearly never listened!

Nan Weidong and Nan Weiping have been transforming vegetables into musical instruments for two years.

Their dad was a music teacher and encouraged them to be musical from a young age - but carrot panpipes probably weren't what he had in mind!

Weidong says it's important the veg is fresh - otherwise it risks being out of tune.

And no vegetable is too much of a challenge: they've turned a sweet potato into an ocarina, a bamboo shoot has become a flute, and a yam has doubled up as a whistle.

They play anything from traditional Chinese music to modern pop, or even folk - watch the clip to see them in action!