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The pomegranate has a long and romantic history, The name; Punicu granatum , is from the Latin pomum granatum maning the “grained apple.”
It has been grown and eaten by humans for several millennia. A dried, large Pomegranate was even found in the tomb of Djehuty, the butler of Queen Hatshepsut in Egypt.
The ancient Greeks believed that it was the fruit of the dead, sprung from the blood of Adonis. The Pomegranate was also a key player in the myth of Persephone. According to the ancient Greeks, Persephone was kidnapped by Hades and taken to the underworld to be his wife. Her mother, Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, mourned her so deeply that nothing would grow on the earth.
The gods could not allow the earth to be destroyed so they demanded Hades return her. A deal was stuck with Hades that Persephone be offered a plate of food, that she must be free to choose to eat or refuse as it was known that anyone who ate food in the underworld could never return to the world above. Persephone was offered some Pomegranate seeds, if she ate them she would have to remain in the underworld but if she refused she would be allowed to return.
Persephone ate six of the twelve seeds she was offered. And so it was that Persephone had to spend half the year in the underworld and half the year above.
For the six months that she remained in the underworld her mother would mourn, nothing would grow and the world would be in winter. When she returned to the world above her mother would be filled with joy, life would spring forth again and the world would be in summer.