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Finally, Fresh Fruit from Ancient Date Palms

Remember the 2,000 year-old date palm from Masada? The original tree, nicknamed Methuselah, is now a daddy thanks to patience, science, and a little bit of luck. In a happy, very un-2020 report, we have a harvest of new ancient … Continue reading

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“Methuselah” Date Palm Fertilizes other Tree, Bears Fruit

Many readers are familiar with the 2,000 year-old seed that sprouted and brought back a single specimen of the extinct Judean Date Palm. Scientists named the new sprout “Methuselah” and raised the possibility of reviving the species. Date palms have gender and … Continue reading

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After nearly 1,500 years, the Frankincense tree returns to Israel

1,500 years after the last frankincense tree disappeared from the Holy Land, Dr. Solowey has managed to grow the first shoots of a tree whose scented white sap was once worth more than gold. Matthew Kalman has an interesting article … Continue reading

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