“In truth, Bnei Yisrael must know that miracles and nature are one and the same and in truth there is no miracle greater and more wondrous than that of nature which is the greatest of all wonders that we can comprehend” (Sefas Emes Parshas Behar Bechukotai תרל``ז)
Can you imagine a world without fruits? What fun would eating be without them? No mouth-watering melons, tasty tomatoes, delicious dates or - the unthinkable - life without chocolate! 
While Hashem is super nice for giving us fruits and all of the benefits they bring, what to the plants get in return for all of the work that goes into producing them? In order for a baby tree to grow properly it needs to have lots of water and sunlight. If plants were to just drop their seeds into the ground underneath them, their saplings (baby trees) would have to compete with them for water and light. Like all good parents, plants want to ensure their children succeed in life and have ingenious ways of distancing their seeds from themselves.
The most common means of seed dispersal Hashem made was to give them a very yummy covering we call fruits. Animals eat the fruits and throw out the seeds which are inedible and are often protected by a very hard casing. This enables the seeds to be taken far away from their parents where they are likely to find a place with good soil, enough water and abundant sunlight for them to grow.
Other plants make seeds like nuts and sunflower seeds that don’t have fruit or very hard shells. Despite the fact that these seeds are food for many creatures, they often get planted unintentionally. Birds often drop them by accident while trying to fly them back to their nests. Animals like squirrels and mice collect and store seeds in holes under the ground and then sometimes forget where they hid them. Even ants are helpful planters as they bring them underground to eat the nutrient rich coating surrounding the seeds. Ants then throw out the seeds in one of the rooms they make for garbage thereby placing them in a perfect place to grow.   
It gets even better: Hashem actually made flying seeds! Some plants (like dandelions) have a parachute type structure attached to the seeds that enables them to get picked up by the wind and taken vast distances before landing. Perhaps even more spectacular is the seed of a maple tree which has wings and flutters like a helicopter away from the tree when it falls. Last but not least is the seed bomb. Pea pods actually explode when the seeds are ready and shoot the peas a good distance away from the trees. 
Once under the ground, seeds still have some work to do before they sprout their first leaves. Until they get wet, seeds are in an inactive state we call being dormant that can last for years. When it rains, the seeds wake up and start to grow. While they can’t make their own food yet because they lack leaves, Hashem gave them just enough food stored within their seeds to grow roots to get water and then sprout a little leaf above the ground. 
I can think of so many foods I enjoy that come from fruits, seeds, beans and nuts and am so amazed by the ways they are distributed that you could call me a fruit fan, but to tell you the truth, I am an even bigger fan of the One who made them. 
Article taken from "Barchi Nafshi, The Wonders of Creation" by Rabbi Yaakov Lubin

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