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With what apple Eve tempted Adam?

Many centuries theologians break the heads and a spear in attempt to find a botanical prototype of paradise apple which, on a legend, became a basis of fall of Eve and Adam. Having exactly tasted a forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge, the first paradise inhabitants made the first sin and in punishment became ordinary terrestrial people. Does not know to

from where there was a resistant belief that usual apple was a paradise fruit of a temptation. Perhaps, the reason is covered in the general Latin root “pom“ which in many languages gives the grounds to the word “Yabloko“, but actually means “fruit“. Discrepancies of translation of primary sources of bible texts could serve as the reason of the arisen misunderstanding. But it is only one of the existing versions.

French at whom apple is called “la pomme“ nevertheless do not consider it as a bible apple. Their Adam`s fruit banana is called (La pomme d`Adam). In these views French are not lonely. In the 16th century the English botanists called banana Adam`s (Adam`s Apple tree) apple-tree. Esteemed banana and Arabs, considering as its paradise tree.

And here the Italian gold fruits - pomid`oro - tomatoes. And the speech goes about a fruit here, but not about apple. But Poles have jabloko zlote, and Czechs have jablka rajska and will be our tomato. Here such confusion with this Latin “basis“.

Adam`s apple call a tree an osage apple. A plant it is poisonous. It is unlikely the dragon - the tempter wished Adam and Eve`s physical death. Today in medical practice the plant has big application. Its tinctures increase immunity, possess antineoplastic properties.

And you remember a legend of the twelfth feat of Heracles which went behind gold apples Gesperid ? Some historians believe that gold apples were fruits of an orange tree, others point to bergamot fruits. There are data that the quince, at that time still unknown to the world grew in a garden Gesperid.

Midiysky apple ancient Greeks called a lemon. Whether it is possible that this “kislyatina“ seduced inhabitants of the Eden?

At a turn of 15 - 16 centuries of Portugal got earlier unknown sourishly - sweet fruits whether from India, whether from China. Called them golden apples . Today we call them oranges.

Ancient Romans called the grenades “ Carthago apple “. These fruits received the direct name “grenades“ already later when they began to extend from the Spanish province Granada across Europe. English “pomegranate“ - a fruit from Granada - indirect confirmation of it.

The apricots brought from the East to Rome originally received the name “ Armenian apple “. In apples even wanted to define potato. When in the 18th century it was tried to be imparted in Russia, from - for mass poisonings the people nicknamed her “ devil`s apple “. Why poisonings? Yes just nobody explained that eat tubers, but not berries which are formed on a tops of vegetable after blossoming.

The list of “apples“ known to botanists can be continued for a long time. Only one plant - the stopolist palchaty, bringing brightly - red large fruits, has three such names: May apple (May apple), Indian apple (Indian apple) and devil apple (Devil`s Apple).

Mad apples medieval healers called fruits of a mandrake (Malamandrake). Alkaloids with which this plant is rich, caused attacks of madness, hallucinations. At the same time physicians used it as spazmolitik and sedative. Perhaps this “Yabloko“ also demented Adam and Eve if they wanted instead of paradise life of terrestrial adventures and burdens?

Mad apple (Mala insane) in the 16th century christened an eggplant. Its extraordinary coloring caused fears, and this fruit long time was considered as inedible.

And here one more paradise apple grows on islands of the Caribbean Sea. Fruits with the most delicate turned sour - the sweet pulp reminding the cream which is shaken up with sugar called cream apples . They grow on a tree under the name of an annon prickly (Annona muricata). However, such apple to four kilograms weighs and a look reminds more egg. And “sister“ has prickly annona - the annona of scaly (Annona squamosa), fruits bearing the name “ cinnamon, sugar apples “ really have taste of cinnamon.

So than all - Eve seduced Adam? What forbidden fruit was presented to it by the tempter - snakes, eager for fall of people? It is unlikely sometime theologians, historians and botanists will agree in a consensus on this matter. Is not present in the Bible of the name of a forbidden fruit. It is known only that it is a fruit of the tree of knowledge.

As well as a lot of things in the Bible - it is rather symbolical. And, perhaps, a fruit of the tree of knowledge is the love in all its manifestations. Lyubov who has the highest spiritual essence and availability known practically to Adam and Eve`s each descendant.