Date Palms in Israel

Date Palms in Israel

The date palm grows freely in most parts of Israel.  One can see them especially in the Jordan River Valley.  Jericho, located just north of the Dead Sea in this valley, was actually called the City of Palms in the Bible (Deuteronomy 34:3).

Most likely, the term “land of milk and honey,” in part, refers to the date honey.  I actually love to use date honey in cooking, especially with chicken.  Because of the abundance of date palm trees during the days of Joshua when they crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land, dates and the honey they produced must have been one of the staple foods.

Rows of date palms near Jericho

Rows of date palms near Jericho

Remarkably, an ancient date palm seed discovered among the ruins of Masada sprouted in 2005.  This was an agricultural miracle.  Given the name Methuselah, this new sprout is now nearly 10 feet tall.  According to Elaine Solowey, of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at Kibbutz Ketura in Israel, “Methuselah’s variety was reportedly wiped out around 500 A.D.” Solowey told National Geographic that she is “trying to figure out how to plant an ancient date grove.

Here’s a video of a date palm that grew from the 2,000 years old seed:

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The date palm … is truly amazing (and good!)

 

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