The biggest date in the world – grown in Israel – will have a prominent presence
in this year’s “open succa” at the residence of President Shimon
The date, of the “Avraham” species, today grows to a length of 8
centimeters, and is expected to reach 10 centimeters in the future, the
Agriculture Ministry said. In comparison, the Medjoul date common to Israel and
its neighbors typically reaches a length of 6 to 7 centimeters.
Avraham dates to be presented in the succa on Tuesday were cultivated at the
Eden Research and Development farm in Emek Hamayanot. Planted seven years ago in
Israel, the Avraham date fruit was only harvested for the first time this year,
the ministry said.
Today at the Eden farm, there are 10 Avraham date
trees. At the site, ministry experts guide the farmers on date cultivation, in a
research effort funded by the ministry.
A sweet and healthy fruit, dates
also grow in plentiful quantities in other countries, but the largest types grow
in the Jewish state, the ministry said.
The succa at the President’s
Residence will be open to the public on Tuesday.