View of “Methuselah” the Judean Date Palm tree on the grounds of Kibbutz Ketura in the Rift Valley of Israel—about 30 mi. [50 km.] north of Eilat.
Methuselah sprouted in 2005 from a 2,000 seed that was found in the excavations of Masada. It was transplanted to the earth in 2008. This picture was taken in March 2014 and it seems to be doing well.
To view an interesting 8 minute video on this Judean Palm Tree that was sprouted from a 2,000 year old date pit found by Yigal Yadin at Masada Click Here.
Yishai Fleisher interviews, on site, Dr. Elaine Solowey, who supervised the sprouting of the pit and the nurturing of the seedling back to life. Up until “Methuselah” sprouted and grew, the Judean Palm Trees were extinct! Good content and good pictures!
Thanks to Dr. John Monson for the “heads up!”