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Project 365: Day 87 – Dragon Eyes

Aptly named Dragon’s Eye these are a fruit called Longan (Dimocarpus longan).  The fruit is about the size of a large grape.  The longan tree can grow to heights of 30-40 feet in height.  It is native to southern China.

Longan is thought to be medicinal for a stomach ache and even insomnia.  I can’t vouch for that but I will say they have a great taste.  We got these fresh at Fubonn Supermarket in Portland, Oregon.  I’ve read that they were introduced into Florida in the early 1900’s and do quite well there.  I really don’t know where these came from.

I remember eating lots of these our last trip to Indonesia.  To eat you squeeze the shell until it pops giving access to the white flesh inside.  There is a single shiny black seed in the middle.  You can get them in a can as well but they are not nearly as good as when fresh.

For this shot I peeled a few longan and filled a bowl with the unpeeled fruit.  This was a 2 flash shoot with one flash placed directly camera right in a shoot through umbrella and another camera left in a Lumiquest Softbox III.  The bowl and peeled fruit were placed on a white cutting board.  Camera settings are below.

Canon 5DII | Tamron 28-75 | f/10 | 1/125th sec. | ISO 100

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