Edible Decorations

December 22, 2013


Photographer: Chris Kotsiopoulos
Summary Author: Chris Kotsiopoulos

This photo shows a handsome mix of acorns and the red fruits from a strawberry tree, the common name for Arbutus unedo. Both are native to western Europe and the Mediterranean basin and are traditional, as well as edible, Christmas decorations in Greece. The acorns, likely from the kermes oak (Quercus coccifera), aren’t the tastiest nuts, but they’re high in protein, potassium and calcium. Photo taken at Mount Athos, Greece, near the Dionysiou Monastery, on January 1, 2013.

Photo details: Canon EOS 550D camera; 1/13 sec. exposure, 11.0 aperture; ISO 100, Canon EF100 mm, Macro USM lens at f/2.8; 100.0 mm focal length.