Ever tried 2,000-year-old Dates?

Chapter 40

Good Monday Morning to this week 39 of 2020

A while ago a friend travelled back from Tel Aviv and brought us some dates to the office. What a delicious taste. Dates, Khurma, Dátil, Tamar… This tasty fruit has a lot of names in different countries and comes from one of the most vicious plants in nature. It’s a vital food source for people living across the Middle East and North Africa. And the trees bearing it have been growing alongside some of the world’s most ancient rivers for thousands of years. Although the date palm, with its lush, sweet fruit, is even more than that.

A 100-grams serving of dates provides these nutrients: Calories: 277, Carbs: 75 grams
Fiber: 7 gramsm Protein: 2 grams, Manganese: 15% of the RDI, Potassium: 20% of the RDI
Magnesium: 14% of the RDI, Iron: 5% of the RDI, Copper: 18% of the RDI, Vitamin B6: 12% of the RDI, Rich in Fiber beneficial for controlling blood sugar, also an excellent source of antioxidants ….

back to the report I saw this week …. Nir Hasson | Sep. 14, 2020 | 6:01 AM

Ever tried 2,000-year-old dates? Now you can, thanks to these Israeli researchers. Researchers celebrate – and sample – the first fruit of palm trees germinated from ancient seeds from the Judean desert

On Friday, an unusual ceremony was held on a hilltop overlooking the Old City in Jerusalem’s Abu Tor neighborhood. It included the Jewish Sheheheyanu prayer recited on momentous occasions, as well as the traditional offering and tithing ceremony. At the heart of the ceremony was a small package of dates.

But these weren’t ordinary dates. They were the first dates to ripen from date palms grown from seeds that are more than 2,000 years old. Over the past 15 years, a project has been underway in Israel’s southern Arava region to revive ancient species of date palms germinated from seeds found at archaeological digs in the Judean Desert.

In 2005, a preserved 2000-year-old seed sprouted. It is the oldest verified human-assisted germination of a seed (the claim in 2012 of a 32,000-year-old arctic flower involved fruit tissue rather than a seed. The palm, a male tree named Methuselah, was about 1.5 metres tall in June 2008, by November 2011 it was 2.5 metres high. As of February 2020, Methuselah had reached 3.5 meters

Deuteronomy 8.8 (KJV)
A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;

2. Chronicals 31:5
As soon as the order went out, the Israelites generously gave the firstfruits of their grain, new wine, olive oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything.

There is a blessing on bringing the first fruit as written in Proverbs 3:9-10
Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.

God, El Shaddai, the Lord God Almighty, our all-sufficient and all-powerful sustainer who triumphs over every obstacle and all opposition. Not only is God the source of our provision and but also of our needs, but he can bless that provision too.

In the case of bringing the dates as first fruit we see the enriching blessing it brings to those that eat and enjoy them!

Wishing you a great week with all the provisions available.

Philemon

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