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A Pomegranate Primer

When Persephone, the Greek goddess of spring and fruit, was kidnapped and held captive by Hades in the underworld, she swore she would not eat until her release… but then she came across a pomegranate!

The Perfect Pomegranate - Martha Style!

The Perfect Pomegranate - Martha Style!

According to the myth, she devoured almost the entire fruit, leaving only six seeds, which forced Persephone to spend six months of the year in the underworld once she had been released.  The months she is away, her mother, Demeter, the goddess of harvest, grieves and the earth becomes barren and that’s why we have seasons (according to the Greeks, that is!)

Beautiful Pomegranate Bouquets

Beautiful Pomegranate Bouquets

Pomegranates remind us that as leaves are falling and the colors in our gardens fade,  spring will come again… until then, we hope these pomegranate pretties brighten your day!

Pomegranate Placecard Holders

Pomegranate Place Card Holders

Nigella Lawson's Pomegranate Ice Cream

Nigella Lawson's Pomegranate Ice Cream

K. Hall Pomegranate Soap

K. Hall Pomegranate Soap

Sferra Embroidered Napkins

Sferra Embroidered Napkins

Adam and Viktoria Pomegranate Pillows

Adam and Viktoria Pomegranate Pillows

Photos from Martha Stewart, Camilla Flowers, Party Resources, Nigella Lawson, Gracious Home, Gracious Style and Lisa Fontanarosa

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12 Comments

  • Reply Gretchen O October 27, 2010 at 6:29 am

    What great pomegranate inspiration! Those bouquets scream fall to me! I wish I could eat that delicious icecream…but am allergic to the beautiful pomegranate….not so inspiring when your lips are swollen! –Gretchen O.

  • Reply The Zhush October 27, 2010 at 6:56 am

    How is it that I never knew about this bit of Greek mythology? So happy to have just picked up some knowledge here. I have always loved pomegranates, and now I have even more reason…that bouquet is gorgeous!

  • Reply quintessence October 27, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Me too – never knew – or didn’t remember (entirely possible these days) this very interesting bit of history. Love them as placeholders and they also look great spray painted gold for the holidays!

  • Reply Kate from Party Resources October 27, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Love pomegranates! Such a fun post!

  • Reply Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ October 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    love pomo’s!!! – such a yummy fruit!

    *kiss kiss*
    Erika

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  • Reply pve October 27, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I adore pomegranates, not only for their lovely taste, but also for decor, a bowl on a table always makes me think of winter, cranberries, roses, pomegranates and antioxidants, of course too.
    Love the bit of ancient greek lore.
    pve

  • Reply pretty pink tulips October 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I had never heard that little story!!! But, I love it all the same!! Poms are one of my favorites – from adding the seeds to a salad or making a little pomegrante cocktail. Love the photo of them used for place cards!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Reply Kelly Dunn October 28, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Love the pom pom cheer here for Pomy’s! Super cute post and I love those little soaps!!!

    Never take Poms for granted!

    XOXO

  • Reply Isabelle October 28, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Fantastic Post! J’adore pomegranates!

  • Reply Kathysue October 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Love pomegrantes to eat and to put in a wooden bowl for the fall, they are so pretty. Inside they remind me of little jewels. The juice is yumo to drink with a little canada dry. Kathysue

  • Reply Diana October 28, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I did not know this story!! But I love me a good pomegranate salad 🙂

    I use: mixed greens, a sweet onion, the wonderful red seeds, and chunks of grapefruit. Cut and mix to taste!! Let it sit for an hour so the juices mix, then top with your fav dressing. I like to use either a balsamic vinaigrette or a mix of oil and vinegar.

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  • Reply Janelle November 15, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I’ve just come from Zhush; how lovely these tablescapes are! I especially enjoy “City” the colors are glorious!
    Best wishes for the holiday season & thanks for your beautiful floral designs!

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