Orange trees: Were brought to Europe in the 14th century by merchants from the Middle East. The Carthusian monks used oranges to make their spice cake.
Fig trees: The fig leaf served to conceal Adam’s nudity. Figs are a symbol of the abundance of paradise.
Pomegranate: Pomegranates have been common to the Mediterranean area since ancient times. The pomegranate, celebrated in the Canticle of Canticles, symbolises the unity of the Church. It is the fruit of harmony.
Persimmons, Magnolias were planted in the 19th century by the villagers who took over La Chartreuse after the French Revolution.