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Pomegranates The pomegranate, (punica granatum), is an ancient fruit that is still prized today. The origin of pomegranates is around Persia and Afghanistan. Pomegranates have been in our diets since the beginning of time. Some people believe that they are supposively the forbidden fruit (one of several possibilities). Pomegranates are depicted in ancient Egyptian art, dating from 16th century B.C. The Egyptians also took the seeds of the pomegranate and fermented their
Bananas Bananas are an herb that grows on a tropical plant. A banana is not a true fruit, however, because it contains no seeds. It is botanically classified as an herb because of the non-woody stem. It produces flowers, but they are sterile also. The plant only has a one year growing span. Bananas probably originated in Malaysia, then into India around the 5th or 6th century BC. In Buddhism, the banana is the symbol of futility of earthly possessions. The banana is also
Quince The Quince, the “golden apple”, or “love apple”, is a funny pear shaped greenish-yellow fruit that is related to the apple and the pear. The name quince comes from ancient Cydonia on the island of Crete. The origin of the quince is in the Middle East, around Kashmir. Some say the quince is the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. An ancient Greek tradition says that a bride will give a quince to her husband. It is a symbol of fertility. The Greeks also believed
Apples The apple is said to have originated around Asia Minor. The first edible apple was cultivated around 1200 BC near Alma Ata in Kazakhstan. The Greeks and Romans were cultivating the apple by 300 BC. The European settlers brought it to America. The apple came to the America’s around 1620. There is an old American legend of Johnny Appleseed. John Chapman was a settler in Leominster, Massachusetts. He used to distribute apple seeds to European settlers in Indiana, Oh