4 Lectures 10 and 11 Selections from the Koran that Refer to Crops Selections from the Koran (written in the early 6 th century) concerning crops, emphasize the typical Mediterranean and Desert fruit crops (grapes, olives, date palm, pomegranates). The reference to corn refers to grains, undoubtedly wheat. Note the concern over water which is scarce in desert climates, and references to gardens and trellises, knowledge of genetic diversity, and differences in quality. The Bee—XVI Part 14 261 10. He is He who sends down rain from the sky, from it ye drink, and out of it (grows) the vegetation on which ye feed your cattle 11. With it He produces for you corn, olives, date-palms, grapes, and every kind of fruit; verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought. He Frowned—LXXX Part 30 58 24. then let man look at his Food, (and how we provide it): 25. For that we pour forth water in abundance, 26. And we split the earth in fragments, 27. And produce therein grain, 28.
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Rain, olives, Desert fruit crops, ye abundant fruits