The Roman Goddess Pomona’s name comes from the Latin “pomum”, meaning fruit. She is the Goddess that reigns over fruiting trees and orchards. Her husband, Vertumnus, is the Roman God of gardens. They are counted among Guardian Spirits (Numina) in Roman mythology.
Her influence was prominent enough to have her “own priest in Rome, the flamen Pomonalis, and a grove sacred to Her called the Pomonal was located not far from Ostia, the old port of Rome. ” (Thalia Took)
She is considered a Goddess of cultivation, agriculture, fertility, and abundance. In some depictions, she has shears or a knife for pruning.
Interestingly, Pomona is most commonly associated with apples and this may even be the source for the French word for apple, pomme.
I am a bit simple when it comes to apples. I love them julienned in salads and in crisps and pies. Or cut up ready to dip in caramel. Nothing toooo fancy, because they are good just as they are!
I have a basic apple compote recipe for you AND an indulgent mo’ butter skillet apple recipe below.
All Hail Pomona!
DREAMY APPLE COMPOTE RECIPE
- 3 pounds Apples (approx 8-9 medium apples)
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon brandy (optional)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 vanilla bean pod – sliced in half
Combine the water, brandy, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla bean pods in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low boil until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture begins to thicken – approx 5-7 minutes. Add the apples and return to a boil. Then simmer while stirring occasionally fpr approx 20 minutes. The apples should be tender with a thick sauce. Remove the vanilla bean pods. Cool to room temperature before serving.
MO’ BUTTER SKILLET APPLES
If you have ever been to Cracker Barrel and had their skillet apples, then you have an idea of how these skillet apples taste. Scrumptious, buttery, addictive, and you cannot count the calories with this one. Call it an indulgence, an offering to the Goddess.
The sweeter that the apples are that you choose, the less sugar that you need to use. But the butter … I never skimp on that!
- 4 – 6 medium apples peeled and sliced
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar (depending on sweetness of your apples)
- 3 TB of cornstarch (can substitute flour if needed)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon (more depending on your preference)
Melt butter in skillet or pan and stir in the cornstarch/flour (like you are making a roux). Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer and stir. Cook approximately 15 minutes on low heat or until tender and the sauce is thick. Taste and adjust your cinnamon or other spices.
Serve as a side or as a dessert over ice cream! ENJOY!
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