Kibbutz harvests previously extinct dates eaten in Judea 2000 years ago


Researchers recently harvested the second crop of dates grown on palm trees from 2,000-year-old seeds retrieved from archaeological excavations in the region, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Kibbutz Ketura said Monday. After one of the trees bore fruit for the first time last September, this year’s harvest has increased. Some of the dates will be available for visitors to buy and taste a staple of the ancient Judeans’ diet. The special fruits resemble modern species of dates and have a very sweet taste, similar to honey, according to people who have tasted them.

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