Persephone and the Pomegranate….

Pomegranates; their rose-tinted, leathery skins, concealing chambers packed with seeds simply bursting with unique and tantalising flavour. At once sweet and tart, these ruby-hued grains, so magical, so enticing and so mythologically forbidden, sealed Persephone’s fate, entrapping her as Goddess of the underworld and binding her to Hades forever. Exciting and flavoursome and full of health giving properties       (they are said to be a natural anti-inflammatory, to help to lower blood pressure and inhibit viral infections); they certainly bring colour and culinary pizzazz to any dish.

Why not become a gorgeous Goddess (of the domestic kind) yourself, by cooking this recipe? Mix up this magical, gem- scattered Winter hot-pot with the colours of a rich, warm tapestry. and make your taste- buds pop with the flavours of Juniper, Kitchen Garden vegetables, Rosemary and Pomegranate. I have eaten this dish and tasted the ‘forbidden’ seed, many times, and the only experience of the underworld I have had has come by turning the pages of my copy of The Penguin Dictionary of Classical Mythology!

So why not add some glamour  and pep to your seasonal January suppers, become a Goddess for a day…… and give it a try?

For the recipe for Winter Hot Pot with Pomegranate, please click here.

7 thoughts on “Persephone and the Pomegranate….

  1. Wow–that first photo is simply gorgeous! Gemlike, indeed! I remember being fascinated with the myth of Persephone when I was a kid but it was years before I saw a pomegranate–they were not common in our rural farm country!

  2. Thanks so much Kerry. I am ashamed to say that this is the first time I have really cooked with Pomegranates. I think, like you, I saw so little of them, that I felt that they were ‘other-worldly’. I remember seeing an elderly relative eating the seeds with a sharp metal pin and somehow that shattered my romantic view of them.
    I am so happy to have re-discovered them. And Persephone’s story, well, it has such an air of beauty and tragedy about it…and yet, it is linked to the creation of the seasons. Magical stuff.

  3. Ah…..just call me the culinary femme fatale! Yes, I really had no idea that the Pomegranate grains were so gorgeous to eat though….very, very tempting!.

  4. I’m so happy I own my own pommegranate tree in Greece with lots of wonderful fruits. It’s also a wonderful stuffing for chicken together with raisins and pine-nuts

  5. Oh, what a wonderful thing! I have seen photos of the flowers which are spectacularly beautiful. Imagine! Your own tree! I would love to make the stuffing. Would you have the recipe?

  6. Oooohhhh! What a yummy recipe – with such an exotic twist. Pomegranate is a mystery I’ve yet to unlock but you’ve helped enormously here. I am determined to give this recipe a try when we return from holidays. Your words are always written so beautifully and your pictures are stunning. I love trips to your blog! xoxoxoxox

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