Have You Ever Eaten Lotus Fruit?

For the fashionable Greeks, the lotus fruit is that the Japanese persimmon , which looks tons sort of a large, smooth, hairless peach. I've seen it growing in gardens within the province of Lakonia within the Peloponnese, Greece. Personally, I'm not a lover of this particular lotus fruit, it's dry and leaves your mouth feeling as if it really needs water. It tastes a touch like vanilla.

Having tasted this fruit it's hard to believe that it had been this that so enthralled Odysseus and his crew of adventurers. Of course, it's reasonable to suppose that the traditional Greek hero stayed on the brink of his homeland, but it's unlikely, given the amount of years it apparently took him to urge home after the Trojan War .

It is far more likely that he travelled to Asia and encountered the lotus . The lotus , so Homer wrote in Book 9 of the Odyssey, caused Odysseus and his followers to forget the aim of their journey, which is why some commentators have suggested that the lotus eaters partook of the Papaver somniferum .

However, if you've got a glance at the seed pods you'll see they resemble those of the Papaver somniferum . Each pod holds about 24 seeds. In Cambodia, these are valued as a really tasty snack!

The lotus plant is additionally valued for its medicinal properties, because it contains nuciferine and aporphine, which are morphine-like substances. this means that the sleep of Lethe might rather be induced if the plant is ingested. No wonder Odysseus too goodbye to urge home.

Herodotus, the daddy of History, thought that the lotus eaters were inhabitants of the Libyan coastal area. However, Herodotus isn't always a trustworthy source. within the ancient world eating the fruit of the lotus was believed to cause forgetfulness. Whether this was before or after Homer wrote the Odyssey is hospitable question.

Perhaps the lotus eaters never really existed. However, they need certainly captured the imaginations of generations. English poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson, wrote a poem The Lotos - Eaters about them and therefore the idea of them also captured Edith Wharton's imagination. as are often seen in her novel, 'The Age of Innocence'. Fans of Rick Riordan novels will doubtless recall the theme of the Lotus Eaters in his 'Camp Half-Blood Chronicles.'

If you're curious enough to undertake the Greek lotus, head to the Peloponnese in autumn. I even have seen the fruit still on trees in winter (no one seems to reap it). However, you'll need to ask permission to undertake the lotus fruit. because it is cultivated within the gardens of personal homes.

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