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Unformatted text preview: A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser [cultivator] of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none; cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. Luke 13:69 I swear by the fig and the olive. Quran, The Fig-tree:95.001 POMEGRANATE ( Punica granata ) Native to the southern Caspian belt (Iran) and Northeast Turkey, the pomegranate is a Bronze Age fruit that has been cultivated for 5000 years. The fruit was once known as the apple of Carthage, hence the Latin name Punica . The pomegranate was introduced into Egypt from Syria 1600 BCE and reached Egypt though the inflow of Semitic people (Hyksos). The pomegranate is widely used in Jewish iconography (Fig. 6A) and coins (Fig. 6B). Based on these images, the pomegranate seems little changed from antiquity. Skin color varies from bright red to leathery brown. The pomegranate was long admired for its medicinal properties, and current interest is...
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