Pomegranates are ubiquitous in Greece. Their bushes dot shrubby hillsides and take up residence in backyards and courtyards, and their likeness shows up in Greek homes as trinkets and little stone carvings because they're considered auspicious symbols of luck, fertility and abundance. Pomegranate seeds, coddled within a white inner membrane, beckon like pockets of rubies or scarlet glass beads; you can understand why poor Persephone was uncontrollably tempted. According to Greek myth and grandmas alike, the girl ate a single seed while in the realm of Hades, which bound her to him for four months a year. This season must taunt her because the bushes show off their fruits right when she must return to the underworld. We mortals, however, get to walk around with happy smiles stained red.