(61) - “And remember when you said, ‘Oh Musa, we can never endure one [kind of] food. So, call upon your Lord to bring forth for us from the earth its green herbs and its cucumbers and its garlic and its lentils and its onions.’ He said, ‘Would you exchange what is better for what is less? Go into any settlement and indeed, you will have what you have asked for.’ And they were afflicted with humiliation and poverty and returned with anger from Allah [upon them]. That was because they [repeatedly] disbelieved in the signs of Allah and killed the prophets without right. That was because they disobeyed and were [habitually] transgressing.”
Indeed, causing harm and corruption on earth, as well as disobedience and animosity are deeply-rooted traits in the selves of the children of Israel throughout history, despite the blessings they enjoy from Allah U. We see in this verse, how they object having to bear with one type of food, and what is meant by one type of food is mann and salwa even though there were actually 2 types of food, namely, meat and sweets and not one type. However, they simply grouped them as one type of food because they get the food every day. So they requested from Allah U to bring forth for them:
﴾مِن بَقْلِهَا وَقِثَّائِهَا وَفُومِهَا وَعَدَسِهَا وَبَصَلِهَا﴿“its green herbs and its cucumbers and its garlic and its lentils and its onions.”
بَقْل: green herbs, but what is meant is not just green herbs. It refers to every plant that does not have a trunk or stalk like cabbage and lettuce.