Sunday, June 12, 2005

Ancient seed from Masada has germinated...

According to this article, a 2000 year old date palm seed--dated at between 35 B.C. to A.D. 65--sprouted and is approximately a foot tall. Nicknamed Methuselah, it was found at the ruins of Masada, presumably from a date that a defender of the mountaintop fortress ate. This is the oldest known seed to have been germinated and continues to grow successfully.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know it's the natural cycle of things, but I'm not sure I could enjoy eating a date from that tree knowing concretely that it once passed through (or half-way through?) some sweaty guy on top of a rock some 2000 years ago. :O=

10:34 PM  

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