Jul 17, 2016  By Jewish National Fund  Category: Environment,

Trees need love too: Single Israeli palm seeks girl seed for hot dates

In what was thought to be a botanically impossible feat, Dr. Elaine Solowey of JNF partner the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES) managed to sprout a date palm from a 2,000-year-old seed excavated at Masada. Now she's looking for a female seed to procreate with that miracle male tree, thereby continuing the species. We're so proud of the AIES' work, we thought we'd give this tree with ancient roots a little modern help finding its basheret

Me: Hi, my name is Methuselah. I'm solid, grown from a strong base with dreams of reaching the sky. My birth was a miracle of science, and I owe my life to Dr. Elaine Solowey. I don’t want to brag, but I’m kind of a big deal. I love hot summer days, cool desert breezes, and history. Especially ancient Judeo-Roman history about Masada.  

You: I've only seen you in my dreams so far. You’re a pretty lady and I know you’re out there somewhere. Like me, you're a date palm. You're also a scientific miracle, and exclusive, if you know what I mean. If we got together, our offspring would make worldwide news. Dr. Solowey is out there looking for you too. Where are you? You come from seeds about 2,000 years old, and you’re one of a kind. Call her. She’ll pass along the message.

I'm even on JSwipe, looking for you...
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