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First Day of Fall

Posted Sep 22 2009 12:00am

The first day of fall, and a great day to start off a new food blog.

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I chose the pomegranate for today’s theme; IMO, the perfect fruit to welcome fall :)

For those who have not tried one: you break it open, and pick out the seeds. The seeds are the part you eat. They are like tiny capsules of juice which burst in your mouth. Remember gushers, those terribly sugary (but wonderful at the time) fruit snacks we used to love as kids? Think of pomegranate seeds as a healthy, fruity, juicy version of those.

You’ve probably heard of pomegranates as one of the popular “superfoods.” Pomegranates are very high in antioxidants. They contain vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, and potassium. You may have tried the juice. Next time, try eating a pomegranate you’ll get the added benefit of fiber!

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FACT (actually, myth…): According to an ancient Greek story, the pomegranate is important to the changing of the seasons.

Persephone is the daughter of Demeter, the Goddess of harvest. One day she is kidnapped by Hades, the God of the underworld. Demeter is so distraught by the loss of her daughter that she neglects the Earth, and everything stops growing. The people on Earth have no food, and cry to the gods for help. Zeus eventually forces Hades to release Persephone.

However, there is a catch. Anyone who eats or drinks anything from the underworld is doomed to stay there for eternity. Before Persephone returns to Earth, Hades tricks her into eating four pomegranate seeds. For this reason, for four months out of every year, Persephone returns to the underworld, Demeter is grieving, and the Earth becomes barren. This is a story to explain the change of seasons… and a reason why I think pomegranates are a great fruit to symbolize the arrival of fall!


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