Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Celebrations, Fall, Family, Food, Fruit, Health, Kitchen | Posted on 04-11-2011
Tags: fall, family, family activity, family tradition, food, fruit, Persephone, pomegranate, traditions
Ha ha ha! Pomegranates are in season. Enough said.
But Holy Investment, Batman! These suckers are $3.50 apiece where I live. But how can I say no to antioxidants and Vitamin C?
My kids love them. And we associate them will our family Fall traditions. No fancy cooking here. We just slice them in half and enjoy picking out the ruby-like seeds. Eating half of a pomegranate can last through a whole movie (if you eat it slowly)!
These bad boys have quite a history. Did you know, for example, that:
- The wild pomegranate dates back 4,000 years?
- Indian royalty used the pomegranate in rituals and for banquets?
- Traders in ancient days referred to the pomegranate as the “fruit of paradise?”
- The Greek myth of Persephone, the goddess of the Underword prominently features the pomegranate? For each seed she ate, she had to stay in Hades for A YEAR.
Enjoy ‘em–you are eating a piece of ancient history–and don’t wear your white toga while partaking.