This beautiful red fruit was a symbol of fertility and rebirth in ancient Greece. Many goddesses had it as their symbol: Hera, the goddess of marriage, Venus the goddess of beauty and Persephone, daughter of Demeter, who brought the spring while also being the Queen of the Underworld.
The Greek myth that connects Persephone with the pomegranate is truly wonderful. After her abduction by Hades, she had to return back up to earth, close to her mother, Dimitra, to revive the withered and frozen earth. Hades gave her a few pomegranate seeds so she wouldn’t forget him! She gladly accepted them, and that way remembered to return close to her husband and her kingdom!