Pomegranates and grapes are carved into the detail work of the Duomo of Cefalù. Both are coming into season now. Both represent fertility and abundance.
The Power Of The Pomegranate
Pomegranates (melograni in Italian) are in season. Scholars believe that the fruit was brought to Sicily by both the Phoenicians and the Greeks, not only for food, but also for religious reasons. Pomegranate seeds represent fertility, prosperity, abundance, and generosity. And because of the Persephone myth–when the maiden daughter of the goddess Demeter eats the…
The Natural Habitat of Pomegranates
Pomegranates growing on the tree last month.
It’s pomegranate season! Experience Sicily’s Evelina Buttitta, who took this photo, was so excited to share with us the bounty of the tree that she and her husband have cultivated in their garden. Pomegranates (melograni in Italian) are packed with juicy, ruby-red seeds, and for this reason, they have been a symbol of fertility for…