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