The Ancient Judean Date
brought back to life at Kibbutz Ketura in the Arava.


The Ancient Judean Date, “Methuselah”, and six additional date palms were germinated from 2000 year old seeds discovered during archaeological excavations at Masada and caves in the Judean Desert. 

The Ancient Date Did you-know
Methuselah, the 1st Judean Date Palm to be grown from a seed over 2000 years old

Kibbutz Ketura, 2022

This unique scientific project was initiated in 2005 by Dr. Sarah Sallon, Director of the Louis L. Borick Natural Medicine Research Center at Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem in cooperation with Dr. Elaine Solowey, founder of the Center for Sustainable Agriculture at the Arava Institute, Kibbutz Ketura. 


The amazing story of these trees has been published worldwide in prestigious scientific journals including “Science” and the international media.

Life reborn
Ancient date seeds discovered at Masada

Picture by Guy Eisner

You are invited to visit the Ancient Date Palm enclosure at Kibbutz Ketura, where the trees are currently growing and to sample for the first time in 2000 years, the taste of an ancient Judean Date.

תמונת מארז פרי תמר יהודה
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