Date Palms

Date Palm Trees
Date Palm Trees

The Date Palm tree is very similar to human beings.  Yup, check it out; here are a few facts I learned about the tree commonly found in Israel.

The life span of a Date Palm tree is similar to humans; i.e. about 65 years.  There are male and female versions of the tree and both are necessary to produce fruit.  The female tree must be 12-13 years old before its first date … no pun intended, and it stops producing around the age of 45.  And, believe it or not, the fruit takes nine months to ripen.

This photo was taken through a bus window traveling at approximately 50 mph.  Lousy photo, but the story makes up for it.

Thought for the Day:  If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, if five years there’d be a shortage of sand.     Milton Friedman

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