Ambrosia, ambrosia, or ambrosia (Greek: ἀμβροσία), also called Blancmange of the Olympian Gods, was a sweet with a divine taste, had healing power, and if an ordinary mortal ate it, he would die (according to the original Greek mythology).
The story goes that when the gods offered it to a human, the human tasted it and felt a sensation of extreme happiness. The name "Ambrose", which comes from the same root in the Greek language, means "divine and immortal". According to Greek mythology, this delicacy was so powerful that it could resurrect anyone: all that was needed was for someone to pour the food into his or her mouth.
The history of this sweet has several variations. According to some myths, if demigods consumed too much of it, they would burst into flames. According to mythological sources, it was the food of the Olympian gods, while nectar was their drink. Both had a very pleasant fragrance and could be used as perfume.
It is also the name of a sweet from the Iberian Peninsula, also popular in the interior of Brazil, made of milk, eggs, and sugar. It is one of the most typical sweets of the Rio Grande do Sul cuisine. In Brazil, it is also known as "doce de ovos", or "doce de leite de bolinhas", because of the shape it has when ready for consumption.
In the game Rimworld, ambrosia is a rare and addictive fruit that, when consumed, produces euphoria, happiness, and recreation. It only appears naturally through in-game events and cannot be cultivated, only obtained through Mods.
In the game Space Station 13, several codes use ambrosia as a cultivatable and mutable plant that is difficult to obtain and is considered illegal by Space Law due to its hallucinogenic and health effects.
In The Sims and The Sims games, ambrosia is also a meal that rejuvenates Sims, and has the ability to resurrect Ghost Sims.
In Breath of Fire IV, ambrosia is an item used to restore all HP to Ryu and Fou-Lu's dragons.
In the Battlestar Galactica series, ambrosia is an alcoholic drink, similar to absinthe.
In the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series, it works in the same way as the premise of the original Greek mythology, and can be consumed by the demigods as well. Ambrosia was also seen in the film adaptation in the 2010 film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, directed by Chris Columbus.
In the game of Ikariam, ambrosia is a type of "bargaining chip" that one pays to get more benefits.
In the book The Power of the Succubus by author Richelle Mead, ambrosia is the food of the Gods, used by some humans in the book as a drug to optimize their talents.
In the television series Xena: The Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, ambrosia is presented as a flower-shaped, amber-colored gelatin or capsule, only consumed by Hercules. When ingested by normal humans, it has the ability to make them gods. However, Zeus, being the supreme ruler of Mount Olympus, has the ability to remove the divinity obtained by ambrosia.
In the song "Estações", by the band Catedral, the term "ambrosia of this gall" is mentioned, which in a poetic sense would be to transform the bitter into sweet.
In the book "Library of Souls", by writer Ransom Riggs, ambrosia is a substance made from the souls of peculiar beings, which temporarily increases the power of a peculiar being who ingests it; however, it has the side effect of permanently decreasing his abilities after the effect is over, causing him to become chemically dependent on ambrosia.