The lotus fruit is the Japanese persimmon, which seems much like a large hairless peach. I have found it growing in gardens in Lakonia’s province from the Peloponnese. Personally, I’m not fond of this specific lotus fruit, it’s dry and leaves your mouth feeling as though it really needs water. It tastes a little.
Having said that this fruit it’s really hard to believe it was that that so enthralled Odysseus and his team of adventurers. It is unlikely, given the number of years it took him to get home, although Obviously, it is reasonable to assume that the early hero stayed near his homeland.
It is much more likely he travelled to Asia and struck the lotus. The lotus, therefore Homer composed in Book 9 of the Odyssey, caused his followers and Odysseus to forget the goal of their journey, which is why some commentators have indicated that the opium poppy was partaken of by the eaters.
If you’ve got a look at the seed pods you will see they resemble those of the opium poppy. In Cambodia, all these are valued as a yummy bite!
The lotus plant is also valued for its medicinal properties, as it contains nuciferine and aporphine, which can be substances. This also signals that the sleep of Lethe might be triggered when the plant is ingested. No wonder Odysseus so long to get home.
Herodotus, the Father of History, believed that the lotus eaters were inhabitants of the Libyan place. However, Herodotus isn’t necessarily a source.
Maybe the lotus eaters never actually existed. Alfred Lord Tennyson, the poet, wrote a poem The Lotos – Eaters about them and the notion of them also captured Edith Wharton’s creativity. Fans of Rick Riordan books will recall the Lotus Eaters in his’ Camp Half-Blood Chronicles’ subject.’
If you’re interested to try the lotus that is Greek, visit the Peloponnese in autumn. I have seen the fruit on trees in winter (nobody appears to harvest it). You will need to request permission to try the fruit that is lotus. As it is cultivated in the gardens of homes.