The Land of Israel is blessed with seven agricultural foods in abundance,
known as the seven species. In this paper, two of the seven species, devash
(honey) and rimon (pomegranate), are discussed. Biblical verses and stories
regarding these species are recounted, as well as Talmudic references
(Talmudic statements with medical inferences are especially emphasized).
Current medical research regarding honey classifies it as an anticancer, antiinflammatory
agent. Research on pomegranates discuss its role against cancer
as well, in addition to its suggested use in treatment of cardiac-related disorders.
Parallels between Talmudic statements and current scientific evidence are noted
when applicable. This paper will outline how both pomegranates and honey have
a surplus of health benefits, along with cultural and religious significance that
come along with them being part of the seven species.
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