The Punica Granatum produces a a fruit that has become extremely popular during recent years, as it’s one of those superfoods that you just shouldn’t do without!
The pomegranate is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and was cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times. It is widely cultivated throughout India and the drier parts of southeast Asia, Malaya, the East Indies and tropical Africa. The tree was introduced into California by Spanish settlers in 1769. In the United States it is grown for its fruits mainly in the drier parts of California and Arizona.
Loaded with anti-oxidants and also having anti-inflammatory properties, the pomegranate deserves the designation of superfood! The only drawback it has, is that it can be a little tricky to extricate its delicious seeds without making a mess. Two great techniques are shown in this BBC video on removing pomegranate seeds.
Hope you enjoy the photo and remember to get some pomegranates, when they are in season!
This shot was set up in my studio using a product table, on which I put just a smidgen of glitter to add some interest. The pomegranate seeds were arranged with great care to ensure they looked their best. Using two studio lights with softboxes, I dialed them in for just a bit of shadow and f/6.3 at 100 ISO and 1/100 second exposure.
Camera used was a Canon EOS 5D Mk II with an EF 70-200mm f/2.8 USM lens.