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Coral Reef Sr. High School 6BAITLINE Jessica Simpson Get Ho ked Remembering the performs at Chili King p. 4 Cook-off p.11 February 2009 Volume 12 Issue 10101 SW 152 Street Miami, FL 33157 Forbidden Fruit In honor of Valentine’s Day - a salute to the Pomegranate Perhaps Eve should have taken a bite out of the pomegranate instead. The biblical tale of Adam and Eve has placed such an emphasis on the apple as a symbol of forbidden desires that the pomegranate is often overlooked as another forbidden fruit. What exactly is it about the pomegranate that makes it a symbol for desire? The pomegranate is filled with seeds (also called arils), which is the part that is consumed. Seeds are, of course, symbolic of fertility. The fact that the pomegranate is bursting with seeds makes it even more so a symbol of sexuality. There is also the red color of the pomegranate skin and arils. Red has long been associated with sensuality because it is the color of flushed skin and full lips. Lipstick, for example, makes the lips redder to give off the impression of this sensuality. The pomegranate is red inside and out. Eating the fleshy arils often leave stains of red juice on the fingers, a reminder of the act of enjoyment of consuming the fruit. Fruits can be considered the wombs of trees. They are formed as a result of pollination. They serve as containers for seeds, providing nourishment and protection. The seeds are often spread through the consumption of the sweet fruit, symbolic of an act of pleasure itself. In Greek mythology, the pomegranate is a heavy symbol for passion and sexuality. When Hades abducts the goddess Persephone into the underworld, the fruit that seals her imprisonment in the underworld is the pomegranate. Since she had eaten a few arils from the fruit, Persephone is forced to remain with Hades for several months (coincidentally, these months become the seasons of autumn and winter). The pomegranate is a symbol for Hade’s passion and the virgin’s sexual surrender. Aside from the sexual associations of the pomegranate, the fruit also has deep religious meanings in Christianity. In one interpretation, it represents Christ’s sacrifice. The cutting into of the fruit to reach its edible arils represents the sacrifice of Christ. The red pomegranate juice symbolizes his blood. Likewise, the life-giving seeds of the pomegranate symbolize the rebirth and resurrection of Christ. Whether as a forbidden fruit of passion, or a symbol of Christianity, the pomegranate is an ancient fruit laden with underlying connotations. The next time you enjoy the sweetness of a pomegranate consider its sensuality which has been around for thousands of years.