Have You Ever Eaten Lotus Fruit?


For the contemporary Greeks, the lotus fruit is the Japanese persimmon, which seems loads like a massive, smooth, hairless peach. I have visible it growing in gardens inside the province of Lakonia inside the Peloponnese, Greece. personally, I am not keen on this specific lotus fruit, it is dry and leaves your mouth feeling as although it without a doubt wishes water. It tastes a little like vanilla.
Having tasted this fruit it’s far difficult to consider that it became this that so enthralled Odysseus and his team of adventurers. Of direction, it’s far reasonable to suppose that the ancient Greek hero stayed near his hometown, however, it’s far not going, given the variety of years it seemingly took him to get home after the Trojan battle.
it is more likely that he traveled to Asia and encountered the sacred lotus. The sacred lotus, so Homer wrote in ebook 9 of the Odyssey, brought on Odysseus and his fans to forget the cause of their journey, that is why some commentators have suggested that the lotus eaters partook of the opium poppy.
however, when you have a examine the seed pods you may see they resemble the ones of the opium poppy. each pod holds about 24 seeds. In Cambodia, these are valued as a very tasty snack!
The lotus plant is also valued for its medicinal houses because it consists of nuciferine and aporphine, which can be morphine-like materials. This shows that the sleep of Lethe might well be brought on if the plant is ingested. No marvel Odysseus too so long to get domestic.
Herodotus, the daddy of records, notion that the lotus eaters were inhabitants of the Libyan coastal area. but, Herodotus isn’t usually a straightforward source. within the historical global eating, the fruit of the lotus became believed to cause forgetfulness. whether this changed into earlier than or after Homer wrote the Odyssey is open to impeaching.
possibly the lotus eaters in no way without a doubt existed. but, they have simply captured the imaginations of generations. The English poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson, wrote a poem The Lotos – Eaters approximately them and the concept of them additionally captured Edith Wharton’s creativeness. as may be seen in her novel, ‘The Age of Innocence’. enthusiasts of Rick Riordan novels will probably consider the topic of the Lotus Eaters in his ‘Camp Half-Blood Chronicles.’
if you are curious enough to attempt the Greek lotus, head to the Peloponnese in autumn. I’ve visible the fruit nevertheless on timber in winter (no one seems to harvest it). but, you may ask permission to try the lotus fruit. as it is cultivated inside the gardens of personal homes.


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