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.