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The ancient Nemeans

The ancient Nemeans and their lion

The ancient Nemeans were proud of two things:
Their Lion and their Raisins.
So proud were the of their Lion that is on all their art and craft- from their ancient amphoras to their shields.
So proud were they of their raisins that they were included in offerings to the Gods and given to winners of  games- sporting contests-in the ancient stadium of Nemea.
Nemea is best known from Greek mythology as the kingdom in which HERCULES embarked upon his 12 labours under the orders of King Eurysteas. The first of these tasks involved conquering the fierce Nemean Lion that was ravaging the countryside.
Hercules succeeded in killing it and from then on, wore its skin as a cloak.
The images of Hercules and the Lion prevail on all sorts of ancient artifacts in archaeological digs in the area.
As such, the primary symbol of Nemea is the Nemean Lion.

The  ancients Nemeans and their Currants

Nemean raisins come from grape vineyards that go back centuries to ancient Greece. Small yet packed with energy, these golden sultanas or tiny black currants are dried beneath the energy of the Mediterrranean sun, and are low fat, naturally sweet, and contain vitamins, iron, antioxidants, fiber and minerals for you to enjoy guilt-free snacking. Only half a cup daily provides you with two fruit servings. Did you know that Greece is the largest provider of currants around the world? Their best clients are bakeries and biscuit makers. These mini seedless tangy raisins are perfect in size for backing needs in biscuits and cakes, making them the perfect addition to recipies. Sprinkle them on cereal and yogurt too for a healthy family breakfast snack that includes fruit.