Vegetable orchestra: Chinese brothers’ unusual instruments

Two brothers from Beijing have carved out an unusual career – making musical instruments from carrots, potatoes and other vegetables.

Nan Weidong and Nan Weiping have been making playable flutes with everything from leeks to carrots.

Frequent projects see them using a sweet potato as an ocarina, a bamboo shoot as a flute, and a yam might become a whistle.

The pair makes a living from their instruments which have seen them appear on Chinese talent shows and other high-profile performances, which pay up to $8,000 a time.

Each does however; require a new set of instruments, as the vegetables begin to rot after just a few days.