How much corn is in a cornucopia?

Every fall while I was growing up, my mother would pull out a curved, cone-shaped wicker basket and stuff it with fake plastic fruit. There was no corn inside, just some squishy grapes that squeaked if you popped them in your mouth and chewed. They did not taste like grapes, they didn’t even taste purple, they tasted like dust and motor oil from being in the garage. (you’re laughing, really? I bet if I asked your mother, she’d tell me you ate dog food!)
I get the idea of plenty. Most American immigrants came here because there wasn’t enough to go around back in their homeland. Prairies filled with buffalo, woods filled with game and the skies filled with fowl must have seemed like a gastronomic paradise.
But is there a deeper meaning?
Because in my mind, that cornucopia actually was a talisman–a prayer that there would be enough food to feed the family through the winter and spring until fresh food could again be harvest from the Earth.
So I decided to do a little digging.
First the horn shape. Apparently Zeus had to be hidden from his father (so he wouldn’t eat the future king of the gods). He was suckled by a goat goddess and accidentally broke of one of her horns. A horn that provided unending nourishment, in a my horn runneth over kind of way. Of course, this isn’t the only mythology associated with the horn. There are plenty of others, but the horn is always a symbol of a bountiful harvest.
As for filling the horn with fruit, grains, etc, I can’t find out when that started. But I do know that corn was placed in the cornucopia after the settling of the New World by Europeans.
So, there’s as much corn in a cornucopia as you can stuff into it:-)

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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2 Responses to How much corn is in a cornucopia?

  1. You always have such fascinating posts! Are you researching every day? I am so impressed. 🙂

    How haunted is your house, BTW? That takes courage, living in a haunted house. Although I love watching Ghost Hunters and I agree that ghosts are just people without bodies. 🙂

    Lovely blog.

  2. I don’t spend a lot of time researching, actually, I have to limit it to two hours (three at most, occasionally four). I just love knowing things, especially silly things. I have a goal to use cornucopia at least four times this month, just to keep my coworkers alert.
    My former house was much more haunted than our current one. Apparently it didn’t like the people who bought it, so it would turn on all their appliances in the middle of the night with everything at the highest volume. It also took all their pots, pans and dishes out of the cabinets and stacked them in the middle of the floor.
    Our current house just takes things and hides them. When I ask for, say my keys back, they’ll be right where I left them the next time I look. But if you don’t ask nicely, you’re not getting the stuff back:-). I grew up around ghosts and such so it’s normal to have them around then not.

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