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From Edan to Hell through Greek mythology and Christmas the ancient super fruit the pomegranate.

Updated: May 25

At Christmas there are pomegranates everywhere but why and why are these so important for us ?.

The pomegranate was the first tree fruit to be domesticated in the eastern Mediterranean. As far back as the 5th millennium BC .

(Punica) pomegranate is a name that came from the Roman name for Carthage an ancient city in Northern Africa . The Romans mistakenly thought the pomegranate was from here it was in fact from the range of area from Northern Turkey to Afghanistan

In the Quran, pomegranates grow in the Garden of Paradise and are referred to as God’s good creations.

The pomegranate is also said to be found in the Garden of Edan . Ancient christianity believed the pomegranate to be the real forbidden fruit rather than the apple. After all pome means apple .

Yalda Night, non christian people on winter solstice would eat pomegranate fruit to celebrate the victory of light over darkness.

In Greek mythology

Ancient mythology Pomegranate were known as the ‘fruit of the dead’ and to have arisen from the blood of Adonis. Feeding the underworld.

In Greek Mythology. Persephone spent 6 months in the underworld . Hades forced her to eat six pomegranate seeds. Her return is celebrated with the coming of spring.

In contrast to that the pomegranate symbolised fertility in Ancient Greece and Rome.

With association to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, as well as Hera, the Greek goddess of marriage and fertility.

The pomegranate is a sign of fertility, rebirth and prosperity.

They are also good luck. On Christmas Day a pomegranate was hang outside the door of your home. On New Year's Eve when the clock strikes 12 everyone would go outside . The head of the household would smash open the pomegranate. With their right hand the rich red juice spraying the door and people a sign of good luck. The head of the household would then lead the way back into the house using their right leg to lead. This was believed to bring good luck.

Don't forget your pomegranates this Christmas. Always throughout the year . The pomegranate is a superfood , rich in vitamins A, B, C . Minerals phosphorus, potassium, sodium and iron. With more antioxidants than red wine or green tea .

The Healing benefits

It can help controls body weight, fight free radicals, fight cell damage, it has an anti bacterial effect which can help with dental plague. It reduces cholesterol and inhibits viral infections.

Pomegranates aid conditions like heart disease, cancers especially prostrate and breast . Good for diarrhea.

Pomegranate is a food source of food medicine in the thousands of years old Avurveda practice.

Pomegranate juice also helps to reduce body heat. The seeds and juice are a tonic for the heart and throat, and helps burn toxins.

The flower , rind and tree bark help stop nose and gum bleeds. Are used to tone skin, firm-up sagging breasts , and treating hemorrhoids.

It can help cataracts when used in eye drops . Is amazing for the gums and helps bad breath .

Make sure pomegranates do not react with any medications your on .

They are equally good for your dogs. Don't give too many, a few of the little red fruits not peel ( or use as a powder) I always just crush the fruit a little so it doesn't come out the way it went in . Only feed the red fruit/seeds

Go buy that pomegranate and share it with the dogs . We wish you a happy healthy , prosperous Christmas/holiday and New year x

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