And it is He who sends down rain from the sky, and We produce thereby the growth of all things. We produce from it greenery from which We produce grains arranged in layers. And from the palm trees - of its emerging fruit are clusters hanging low. And [We produce] gardens of grapevines and olives and pomegranates, similar yet varied. Look at [each of] its fruit when it yields and [at] its ripening. Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe. Al-Anaam 6:99
The pomegranate trees in my yard are blooming. Since I grew up in Pennsylvania, I always thought of pomegranates as a strange and exotic fruit, and they have a strange and exotic flower too.
The buds open into a hard base for the flower, as hard as cardboard or wood, and the petals look like bright orange crepe paper.Pomegranates are mentioned 3 times in the Qur'an. Surah ar-Rahman says they are one of the fruits in the gardens of paradise.When the flower is finished, the petals fall off, and the base begins to swell, growing into the fruit.And He it is who causes gardens to grow, [both] trellised and untrellised, and palm trees and crops of different [kinds of] food and olives and pomegranates, similar and dissimilar. Eat of [each of] its fruit when it yields and give its due [zakah] on the day of its harvest. And be not excessive. Indeed, He does not like those who commit excess. Al-Anaam 6:141
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