Plants of The Bible (Pomegranate)

Pomegranate, which belongs to the plant family of Punicaceae (pomegranate family), was suspected by the Romans to be of African origin. The botanical genus name Punica is the feminine form of that adjective, as is appropriate for a fruit-bearing tree. The Ethiopic name for Pomegranate is ሮማን ‘Roman’. Many people, both, theologians as well as current anthropologists claim that the Biblical “Garden of Eden” (Cradle of Mankind) was located in Ethiopia. It’s probably the case that the powerful Latins took the Ethiopic denotation for Pomegranate ሮማን ‘Roman‘, to name their later Empire – the Roman Empire. Were they attempting to claim the “Garden of Eden” for themselves while avoiding to call the fruit differently? In classical Latin, the fruit was known either as malum punicum or malum granatum. In these names, malum means “apple”, granatum derives from granum “grain”, granada (Spanish) and means “(multi) grained” (alluding to the many seed grains). On the other hand, the Ethiopic word for apple is ፖም‘ ‘pommə‘malus domestica’



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