Hello friends! It's felt like fall here in Chicago for a few weeks and today we are finally talking about one of our favorite fall accents: the pomegranate. As we have written before, it holds particular significance for us and our namesake Persephone. Read about why here and here. While the Persephone myth is the most popular myth in which we find the pomegranate, this flowering fruit is widespread throughout ancient and Christian mythology.  A symbol of fertility, the pomegranate was attributed to Hera, the Greek goddess of marriage and women, but later we begin to see the pomegranate figure in artistic representations of the Blessed Virgin (Botticelli, Jacopo della Quercia, etc.).  In Paestum there is actually a shrine dedicated to Madonna del Granato! 

Pomegranate branches can be used in flower arrangements both for their flowers in the summer and later in the fall for their fruit. Their flowers mean mature elegance (in case you want to add a little Helen Mirren to your arrangement). But what I'm really excited to write about is pomegranate fruit because immature fruit can be dried and saved forever. AMAZING, great news! Now for the bad news: Pomegranate fruit symbolize foolishness. We know this is because our girl Persephone ate the food of the dead (i.e. Pomegranate seeds) and so was doomed to spend her life in the underworld. I guess she should have just made a decorative wreath with them instead. Whoops!



Botticelli, c. 1487, The Madonna of the Pomegranate

Botticelli, c. 1487, The Madonna of the Pomegranate



Mary Simmons