Fruit Trees

Fruit Trees

Fruit trees were the first trees cultivated and domesticated by humans for the production of food such as dates, plums and figs. Fruit was plentiful in many parts of the world, they inspired the concept of agriculture through the cultivation of planned groves. Fruit trees offered a way to create a stable food source by planting fruit from faraway places. Because of its sweetness and its ability to be turned into wine, fruit became sought after. In some cultures, fruit was seen as a source of temptation.

Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1526 in the Courtauld Gallery, London

The biblical story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden centers on the idea of “forbidden fruit” that grew from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Most cultures associated fruit with happiness, health, abundance and love. In botany, fruit trees are considered angiosperms because they are flowering plants that produce fruit that is seed bearing.

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  1. Belinda Jordan says:

    What was the name of the tree in the middle of the garden ,the tree of knowledge


    1. No one knows for sure which tree represented the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Book of Genesis. Some of the primary candidates are Fig, Pomegranate, Apple and Pear trees. I feel it was a deciduous tree that was symbolic of the seasons of the year such as birth-spring-budding leaves, life-summer-full leaves, fall-death-releasing leaves, winter-rebirth-preparing to leaf again. The Tree of Life in turn, would have been an evergreen tree such as Cedar, Cypress or Pine. I hope that helps.


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