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What Was The Forbidden Fruit? The Tree Of Knowledge Of Good And Evil And Its Fruit

An apple tree (Clarence River)

An apple tree (Clarence River)

I have heard many theories on the fruit of The Tree of Knowledge. It seems that people are just dying to know just which fruit was forbidden by God. The forbidden fruit is mostly referred to as an apple but was it an apple? Where do people get their arguments about what they believe was the fruit of The Tree of Knowledge? And why are many so determined to learn just what this fruit was?

The Apple - The Forbidden Fruit?

By far, the apple is the fruit that is most commonly referred to as 'The Forbidden Fruit'. This probably came about, when, during the Renaissance, artists painted apples to represent the forbidden fruit. In Greek Mythology, the golden apple was the fruit of The Tree of Life which was in the garden of Hesperides. It is said that Renaissance painters adopted the apple to represent the fruit of The Tree of Knowledge because of this. But The fruit of The Tree of Life is totally different to the fruit of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

It is very clear that in the Bible they were two very different trees. One gave knowledge of good and evil, while the other gave eternal life.

"And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." Genesis 2:9 K.J.V.

So The Tree of Life and The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil were clearly two different trees. Also the fruit of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was the only fruit Adam and Eve were forbidden from eating.

"And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Genesis 2:16-17 K.J.V.

Also, during that time of discovery, many different types of fruits were referred to as apples. It was a general name that people used for fruit. Do pineapples look like apples? Yet apple is in its name. Do star apples taste like apples? Yet apple is in its name as well.

The Pomegranate

I have also heard the theory that the pomegranate was the fruit of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Since the word pomegranate means seeded apple, it makes sense that this fruit would also be thought to be the forbidden fruit.

I think that it is also believed to be the fruit in the Garden of Eden because of the significance of pomegranates in the Bible. Many times pomegranates were mentioned in the Bible. They were used in the decorations of the Temple of the Lord. Pomegranates were mentioned in The books of Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, 1 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, Chronicles, The Song of Solomon, Jeremiah, Joel and Haggai. Some people think because it is mentioned so often that it is an important fruit. They conclude that for it to be an important fruit it just may be the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

A fig on a fig tree.

A fig on a fig tree.

The Fig

Because Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves, the fig is sometimes believed to be the forbidden fruit.(See Genesis 3:7) The fig, being the only fruit tree that was mentioned by name that existed in the Garden of Eden also contributes to the belief that it was the fruit of The Tree.

Many also conclude that the fig is the forbidden fruit because Jesus cursed the fig tree and told it to die.

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"And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away." Matthew 21:19 K.J.V.

They believe that since the fig is the only fruit that Jesus is recorded as cursing, perhaps this was the fruit that caused the curse to fall upon mankind.

Fruit Basket With Apples And Grapes by Claude Monet

Fruit Basket With Apples And Grapes by Claude Monet

The Grape

The idea that it was a grape that Eve ate and then gave to Adam, I must admit surprised me. I was told about this idea by someone who was thoroughly convinced it was true.

The grape is used to make wine and wine is indeed alcohol which causes men to sin,it was explained to me. The grape is also of the vine and since Nazarites take a vow not to eat anything of the vine surely this signifies something. It is also believed that the grape took another form after The Fall, just as the serpent did. But that could be argued about any of the other fruit mentioned before and indeed, the ones to come. The fact that Noah planted a vineyard and got drunk because of it is also one of the reasons why the grape is considered to be the forbidden fruit. It is pointed out that because Noah was, in effect, the first man again (since the flood destroyed all except Noah and his family), the sin was repeated. He ate the fruit and then his son looked upon him which was a sin. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is also mentioned in The Book of Enoch. In it, it is described as looking like a Tamarind tree but that the fruit looked like a grape.

Other Fruits That Are Believed To Be The Forbidden Fruit:

  • Tomato
  • Pear
  • Quince
  • Citron
  • Carob

Wheat is believed by some to be the forbidden fruit even though it is a grain.

So why are people so determined to learn just what was the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge? Maybe they think that if they know they can somehow learn something from it. Perhaps they believe that in knowing, they will better understand themselves. Or maybe they just want to be all knowing like God is all knowing.

What Does The Bible Say About The Fruit Of The Tree Of Knowledge Of Good And Evil?

As usual, I like to go to the Bible to see just what it has to say about something. There are so many differing opinions on what the fruit could or could not be.

In studying I found out something that no one ever seems to mention when discussing the forbidden fruit.

In The Book of Genesis, the Bible speaks of The Tree of Knowledge and The Tree of Life. Both existed in the Garden that God created for Adam. There was only one Tree of Life and there was only one Tree of Knowledge so how could there be any descendants from that fruit that exists today? Behold, God put a guard so that The Tree of Life would not be eaten from. This guard protects the Garden from intruders. The same garden that holds the Tree of Knowledge.

"Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." Genesis 3: 23-24 K.J.V.

I am convinced that none of the fruits mentioned above are of The Tree of Knowledge. All it took was one taste by Adam and Eve and then the way was shut so that the Tree of Life would not be eaten by man.The Garden has been guarded since then and those trees are inaccessible to mankind.

So what of The Tree of Life, then? Will mankind never get to taste its fruit?

Jesus has said:

"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." Revelation 2: 7 K. J. V.

He speaks of it again and says:

"In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Revelation 22:2 K.J.V.

And finally He says:

"Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." Revelation 22:14 K.J.V.



North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on November 17, 2014:

Hello Ed Jusino,

Thanks so much for explaining. I did decide to delete your first comment and not because I disagree with your point of view but because it is directly from your hub. I am afraid that I will be taken to task for having your content on my page. Hope you understand.

I have to say though that I do agree with sonfollowers - the timeline does not make sense. I understand your explanation about the morning and evening era but then the genealogy would have no place there so why would they list it in the middle of a metaphor (which I am guessing you are saying Genesis is?)

Eduardo Amando Jusino from Horsham, PA. on November 05, 2014:

Hello sonfollowers, i understand is too much truth to handle especially when is been hidden for more than 2000 years. Is impacting for unbelievers so you could imagine how a beleiver will react to such a Bible Discovery.But the truth is the truth and there is no way around it. Let me simplify it a little better. There is a reason why God in Genesis tells the same story twice and is the format of it and Bible Scholars have not figure it out until now since i made it public in the internet (2012) in hubpages my copyrighted (2008) manuscript of forty chapters tittle The Sacred Sword.

There is a creation made in the "evening era" by the words of God and there was a creation in the "morning era" by the hands of God. Simple! That evening era is mostly the Old Testament and that morning era basically starts with King David until now.

Revelation 22:16 “I Jesus have sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star.”

This Morning Era begins with King David who tipyfies the Tree of Life and the Celestial Israel is a picture of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil and King Solomon takes charge of Israel but his heart turns away from the Word of God and this includes his Proverbs that takes or adds from the Holy Scriptures of God and this is why that forbidden fruit God does not want you to eat and digest it because you will trully die.

And peace (river) went out of Eden to water the garden; and this place of Eden in the Bible is actually a Levite Priest;

2 Chronicles 29:1...and of the Gershonites; Joah the son of Zimmah, and Eden the son of Joah:

And this Levite Priest cleansed the House of the Lord which is the whole planet Earth in the days of King David and his son Solomon who builded the Temple of God and at this point of time needed to be cleansed.

2 Chronicles 29:16 And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the Lord, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the Lord into the court of the house of the Lord. And the Levites took it, (the uncleanness) to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidron. (place by Gethsemane where sin started)

And from thence this peace or river was parted, and became into four heads like a picture of a spiral galaxy or the form of a hurricane because for Jehovah everything has a reason for being and this is not the exception in life being created and recreated when it comes to man or earth. "Is simple to understand all of this if we have the help of the Holy Spirit"

"It is not a theory when we have the Creator showing us in Genesis and in the book of Ezequiel the creation of the Universe."

"And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die".

The meaning and interpretation is that all them planted trees in the garden were celestial beings preaching the Word of God and giving from their fruit to the man and the women that were created. They were the only man and women created at that point of time but they were not alone in the Garden of God. Don't we all have a genealogical family tree? God compares us with trees, and don't we all look for that Tree of Life that is in Jesus Christ?

Eduardo Amando Jusino from Horsham, PA. on November 05, 2014:

A little secret North Wind;

Why keep looking for the Garden of Eden? Humanity and the whole Planet Earth; We are his Garden and God is protecting us from any asteroid coming from that darkness that we call Space!

sonfollowers from Alpharetta, GA on November 05, 2014:

Wow. There is so much that's messed up about that explanation that it's hard to know where to start, but I've decided to just run with this: The book of Proverbs was written by Solomon years after David had died and thus could not have been present in the garden. So chronologically, the thesis statement of that little dissertation is pretty much DOA. The rest of it is entertaining but sadly equally as confused. Those are my thoughts. Have a great day!

North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on November 05, 2014:

Hello Ed Jusino,

Could you explain to me how the Book of Proverbs is the forbidden fruit? I genuinely want to hear the full explanation.


Eduardo Amando Jusino from Horsham, PA. on November 02, 2014:

Simple truth. The Book of Proverbs is that Forbidden Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Israel that God prohibited Man from eating!

Joen Eriksen from Tórshavn on April 30, 2014:

celafoe. When we read "all trees clap your hands" is he talking about trees in the forest or is he talking about people of all nations? Even gentiles!

When saying "the trees went to chose themselves a king" is he talking about trees or people of different nations? Even the thorns / gentiles.

When saying "the axe is laid unto the root of the tree" does John talk about the forest or about human beings? Even the sons of Abraham, the Jews.

Do you still not understand that eating apples "entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?" The knowledge was the knowledge of knowing the woman.

If you do not understand what kind of "eating" was good and evil in the beginning, then how can you claim to know what is good and evil to the body of Christ, the church?

Be filled with all SPIRITUAL understanding. Col 1:9

charlie from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans on April 29, 2014:

sorry t sent before I was done

Gen 3:2-7 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"

4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.


charlie from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans on April 29, 2014:

JE i have seen this stuff you espouse before and it is defintely not of God. Eve was NOT the tree , What foolishness from the minds of men. If she were the tree she was in the garden and unable to leave , but she was not in the garden and was with Adam and continued to bear him children. Since Adam and Eve were "in the image of God" what you say is not possible. You are deceived. and trying to deceive others

Joen Eriksen from Tórshavn on April 29, 2014:

celfoe. It is not possible to just spend time in order to understand the book and God. He have to open the seal of the book and give us the understanding needed to see...Colossians 1:9

North Wind. Yes.

But I do not believe the serpent to be the devil in spiritual understanding, but only the most subtil beast of the field, as it is written. This means that the OT is "only" giving us a "flesh image/picture" to understand what is going to happen in the spiritual future. Jesus Christ the last Adam is the real thing happening all over again.

OT is all about the sons of God, Israel, after the FLESH. But the spiritual Israel is born, not of flesh, not of women, but of God.

North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on April 28, 2014:

Agreed, Celafoe. Obedience is better than sacrifice.

@ Joen Eriksen - I have heard that explanation before but I can't stand by it and say it was so. Does that mean that you believe that Cain was the literal son of the serpent and that Abel was the son of Adam? Thanks for the comment.

charlie from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans on April 28, 2014:

of course what the fruit was is absolutely immaterial, and spending time trying to figure it out is a waste of time. The whole lesson with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is simply obedience and disobedience. Obedience brings closeness to God and disobedience brings separation.

Rom 5:19 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.

Just as obedience to Christ brings eternal life (salvation) and disobedience brings the lake of fire (damnation)

Joen Eriksen from Tórshavn on April 28, 2014:

Eve was the tree of knowledge. She bare evil and good fruit when she was known by the evil father, the serpent and the good father, Adam.

Children are referred to as the fruit of the womb. Hoseas 9:16 and Psalm 127:3. Outside of the garden the tree of knowledge, Eve, was no more a forbidden KNOWLEDGE. Adam KNEW his wife. The only tree forbidden after the fall was the tree of Life. Gen 3:22 ...and take ALSO of the tree of Life... In other words: They WERE in fellowship with God, but not anymore. They lost the eternal Life. They were cut of.

Eve was now expected to give birth to the tree of Life, Jesus Christ. The seed of the woman. The woman was saved in childbearing. Jesus Christ our savior, born of a woman.

North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on April 09, 2013:

Hi Caleb,

Thanks for the tip! I think I will do that.

Caleb DRC on April 08, 2013:

Very interesting, North Wind.

I did not actually count them but I estimate you have 90 to 100 of your hubs on your profile. If you do not have all your hubs listed on your profile, then this is the way to get them all there.

1. Go to your profile, and click "edit profile." 2. Scroll all the way down to "Show only featured hubs on my profile," and click "NO". 3. Go down to "Save changes", and click that. After you do that all your hubs will be on your profile.

Felipe717 from Philadelphia, PA on February 26, 2013:

Great insight! Such a simple subject with a simple answer. Thanks.

North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on February 03, 2013:

Hello celafoe,

Yes, I do agree that unlike other plants there was only one Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and one Tree of Life. Jesus is the Tree of Life, you are right.

As for your question - very interesting. I cannot say if you are right or wrong ( and even if I do choose a side, I could be wrong ). I will have to think about it some more.

charlie from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans on February 02, 2013:


I can assure that none of the fruits mentioned were either of these two trees. in the garden was THE tree of knowledge of good and evil and THE tree of life/ There was only one of each. And we know that Jesus IS The Tree of Life.


??? maybe the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was the devil and eating the fruit set him loose

North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on October 05, 2012:

Hello Chris713,

Thank you for reading my hub and commenting. I am not sure what you mean by blanket immunity and what does a Hollywood ending have to do with it? I was speaking of the fruit in the garden and for whatever reason you supposed that I was not aware of the persecution of the brethren? I quoted from Revelation I think I know what baptism I will get and I also have received a taste of it already. Can you say the same? I would say to you to be careful where you stand lest you fall.

I have not found religion and dropped my anchor. Firstly, I am not an anchor, Jesus is, and secondly a dead person cannot get up by himself far less go out and search can they? Christ I am nobody.

chris713 on October 04, 2012:

Ahhhhh Blanket Immunity it's always cute. Kinda has a happy happy little hollywood ending. Works on paper probably.

The Holy Spirit doesn't baptize with water - God will baptize you with fire the same way He baptized His son. And if you have the strength, humility, trust, and faith in God then you won't succumb. And if you don't die, or pick up a sword and join the gauntlet then you will come out the other side glowing.

ONLY THEN you will be worthy to be ANYWHERE near God and Heaven. You will then be able to call yourselves the Sons and Daughters of God who defeated satan. And there are NO shortcuts.

But at least you've found a religion and dropped your anchor - that's only step one.

Elijah7 from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise on May 18, 2012:

Thank you so much - Truly Perceive that The Holy Spirit is With you.

The Prayers of the True Saints are so PRECIOUS - Maranatha brother.

Love your humility in your Profile writing.

Can only give another Great Worship Song to make the "empty room" Resound With His Love - Amen †

† Galatians 3 : 22 †

"But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe."

North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on May 18, 2012:

Glad to hear that there is a book in the works, Elijah7.I am sorry to hear about the financial problems. I will pray concerning this and all other things as well.

Your hub could also promote your book.

Elijah7 from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise on May 17, 2012:

Thanks brother - great suggestion. Have the data in our Evangelical Website and (hopefully) into a New Book for the secular Lost sheep of the West - waiting for the financing to ADVERTISE THE BOOK.

Very busy, but "yea" AGAIN - a new hub is a great idea.

Please add our financial victory to your Prayer List - i found the time to join hubpages five weeks ago simple BECAUSE we are WAITING to recover a SUBSTANTIAL debt owed to our Company - big old Hong Kong Legal Action for Contract breaches (nasty HK Chinese money-worshipping, incompetent scoundrels) This part IS in a hub here :

Until then let's stay in touch...

† Galatians 6 : 6 †

"Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things."

Crank up the Volume bro' and kick back to THIS Awesome Revelation New Song - The keyboard REACHES PEAKS OF HOLY SPIRITUAL CRESCENDOS WITH A FINAL DIVINE CLIMAX - Awesome is an understatement - MIZPAH † :-