According to Websters Dictionary Ambrosia means immortality and only the gods and goddesses could partake of it. They also used Ambrosia as an ointment or perfume. It is said that Athena used it to prepare Penelope while she slept so that when she appeared before her suitors the effect of years would be washed away causing them to fall madly in love with her.
Why the Greek gods liked Ambrosia
Aside from immortality it was also extremely pleasing to the taste and smell. This magical food of the immortals is made of fruits and other sweets. Some believe that Ambrosia was also a liquid made up partly of honey that the immortals would drink and also use as an ointment for cleansing.
Why Athena likes Ambrosia, the food of the gods
- for the way it looks
- for the way it smells
- for the way it tastes, and
- for the way if feels, mmmm
As I made mention in my introduction about cooking
A meal of any kind needs to, no, has to look good. No one, not even the gods want to eat anything that looks like a pile of plain, no color, something on a plate, even if it did give you immortality. If Ambrosia didn’t look appealing one would never believe that it would make you live for ever, in fact one may think it would do the opposite. Food has to have color and in my world Ambrosia has color, as you may already know or will know later in this article. It needs to look like it tastes good, to look like something you really want to try.
Food should also smell good. I mean no matter how good it looks if it smells gross, and I don’t know about you, but me, I’m not trying it and I really don’t believe the gods would either. The food of the gods has a most pleasing fruity, sweet fragrance that could be smelled all the way from Olympus.
Taste; this is it, the big test. Imagine something looking so good, smelling so great, and tasting so blah. But not Ambrosia. What a medley of taste to the buds.
But Let’s not forget the way it feels. One, when it’s stirred with a spoon. It feels so light, so creamy. Two, when it goes into the mouth if feels like what was anticipated while being stirred, it feels in the mouth like it looked. Nothing is worse than having your mouth watered up for something with all the elements it takes to make a fabulous dish and ends up with the feel of slime or something grossly unexpected when you put it into your mouth and start to chew. Believe me it would go out faster than Hermes could deliver a message to Zeus.
A Greek Ambrosia Salad
- 1 cup of orzo (follow package directions) drain and rinse. Don’t forget to rinse or the texture will be damaged. And you know what that means.
- 1 1/2 cups of sour cream.
- 1 cup whip cream
- 2 cups of mini marshmallows. (if you don’t like em, it won’t hurt to do a sub.)
- 2 cups coconut flakes.
- 2 cups of pineapple chunks. Drain off juice.
- 1 cup of mandarin oranges, best to use canned, don’t forget to drain the juice off.
- 1 cup of pitted cherries. Maraschinos are a nice touch, very colorful. Combine ingredients, chill and serve.
Or try this one
- pineapple chunks
- mandarin oranges
- maraschino cherries
- grapes ( can use fruit cocktail)
- blue berries
- whip cream (some recipes call for sugar or honey instead of whip cream) but remember: texture. In my book whip cream takes the prize. It’s the way it feels. And tastes good to.
On a final note
While the Greek gods are mythological, Ambrosia is not. And neither is great food. There are many variations of this famous salad. It depends on your tastes. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Mix and match. And remember; Appearance, Aroma, Flavor, and Texture.