For the modern Greeks, the lotus fruit is the Japanese persimmon, which looks a lot like a large, smooth, hairless peach. I’ve seen it growing in gardens in the province of Lakonia in the Peloponnese, Greece. Personally, I’m not a fan of this particular lotus fruit, it’s dry and leaves your mouth feeling as though it really needs water. It tastes a little like vanilla.
Having tasted this natural product it is difficult to accept that it was this that so enchanted Odysseus and his team of globe-trotters. Obviously, it is sensible to assume that the old Greek legend remained nearby to his country, yet it is far-fetched, given the quantity of years it clearly took him to return home after the Trojan war.
All things considered, he ventured out to Asia and experienced the consecrated lotus. The holy lotus, so Homer wrote in Book 9 of the Odyssey, made Odysseus and his devotees overlook the reason for their adventure, which is the reason a few analysts have proposed that the lotus eaters participated in the opium poppy.
Be that as it may, on the off chance that you examine the seed cases you will see they take after those of the opium poppy. Each unit holds around 24 seeds. In Cambodia, these are esteemed as an extremely delicious tidbit!
The lotus plant is additionally esteemed for its therapeutic properties, as it contains nuciferine and aporphine, which are morphine-like substances. This shows the rest of Lethe likely could be initiated if the plant is ingested. No big surprise Odysseus excessively so long to return home.
Herodotus, the Father of History, felt that the lotus eaters were occupants of the Libyan waterfront territory. Nonetheless, Herodotus isn’t constantly a reliable source. In the old world eating the product of the lotus was accepted to cause distraction. Regardless of whether this was previously or after Homer composed the Odyssey is available to address.
Maybe the lotus eaters never truly existed. Be that as it may, they have positively caught the minds of ages. The English artist, Alfred Lord Tennyson, composed a sonnet The Lotos – Eaters about them and the possibility of them additionally caught Edith Wharton’s creative mind. as can be found in her novel, ‘The Age of Innocence’. Enthusiasts of Rick Riordan books will certainly review the topic of the Lotus Eaters in his ‘Camp Half-Blood Chronicles.’
On the off chance that you are sufficiently interested to attempt the Greek lotus, head to the Peloponnese in fall. I have seen the organic product still on trees in winter (nobody appears to reap it). In any case, you should request that consent attempt the lotus organic product. as it is developed in the nurseries of private homes.