Since I have a blog about Apples, I thought I would write a blog about a goddess that was considered to have a connection to the 'forbidden fruit.'
Pomona was the goddess of fruit trees, garden, and orchards. She was a goddess in Roman mythology. Unlike many other Roman goddesses and gods, she doesn't have a Greek counterpart. She watches over and protects fruit trees and cares for their cultivation. The pruning knife was her sacred tool. She is mostly shown in art and statues with a platter of fruit or a cornucopia.
Her name comes from the Latin word, pomum, meaning 'fruit.' "Pomme" is also the French word for 'apple.' She was said to be a wood nymph and a part of the Numia, guardian spirits who watches over people, places, or homes. She's not actually associated with the harvest of fruits itself, but with the flourishing of the fruit trees themselves.
She married the god of fruit and orchards, Vertumnus, after he tricked her by diguising himself as an old woman who offered advice on who she should marry. They both shared a festival that was held on August the 13th. Her high priest was called flamen pomonalis. There is a grove that is sacred to her called the Pomonal. It's located not far from Ostia, an ancient port of Rome.
She has become popular among our culture of art and our popular reading material.
There is a nude statue of her in the fountain in the little park before you get to the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Also Pomona is the first name of Professor Sprout, the teacher of Herbology in the Harry Potter series. She also appears in the Chronicles of Narnia as the wood goddess who blesses the orchard which was outside the Castle Cair Paravel.