Extinct Judea Date Palm grown from 2,000 Year Seed
In 2005, research biologist, Elaine Solowey, decided to see if she could grow the then extinct Judea Date Palm from 2,000 year old seeds found at the ancient mountain fortress of Masada in Israel.
After soaking the seeds in warm water, prepping them with growth and rooting hormones, and then planting them in enzyme rich fertilizer, Dr. Solowey was amazed to see shoots coming up after only five weeks.
With such vitality, it’s easy to see why the Judea Date Palm was called The Tree of Life and Date Bearing Phoenix. Still thriving today, this resurrected date palm is bearing flowers, and researchers are hoping it is a female tree that will produce fruit.
Known for a host of medicinal properties the Judea Date Palm was once at the heart of the region’s local economy. Both the Bible and Quran site its mundane uses of food, shelter, shade, and good fortune, plus its healing virtues for disease, infection, and contraception.
However, after conquering the region in 70AD, Roman legions destroyed these valuable trees to crush resistance and control the local economy.
Judea Date Palm
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