At the Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel, there's a tree growing that's truly one of a kind. The Judean date palm was a major crop in the Kingdom of Judea, even earning several mentions in the Old Testament. Unfortunately, when the Romans invaded in the first century, they destroyed many of the trees as they targeted local crops, and around the year 500, the tree was finally driven to extinction. In the 1960s, archaeologists found a 2,000-year-old clay jar containing some Judean date palm tree seeds. In 2005, Bar-Ilan University botanist Elaine Solowey decided to try planting one. To everyone's surprise, it sprouted. Since then, it has continued to grow and even bloomed three times. Scientists have proposed breeding it with related palm types, but the process would take years, meaning we aren't likely to taste a Judean date anytime soon. — By Nick Mangione [Source]
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