Photo Essay: Spring in a nutshell

The blooming of the almond trees is a sure sign it’s Tu Bishvat.

February 2, 2012 13:55
1 minute read.
The Shkedia in full bloom.

The Shkedia in bloom. (photo credit: ITSIK MAROM)


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In Israel, the winter is short. Plants in Israel seem to have known this for millennia and start celebrating the spring even before the middle of February. Of course there is no proper celebration without the “queen” present in her best dress. This role is played by the almond tree (shaked – Prunus dulcis) well known in Hebrew as shkedia. While most of the surrounding trees are torpid for the winter, the almond tree is ready to mark the New Year for Trees. The almond tree remains bare from the autumn through most of the winter.

This month, the almond tree is covered in thousands of pinkish white flowers all over its branches, before its new leaves sprout. The sight of wonderful white blossoms that have become the symbol of Tu Bishvat signal that spring is coming.

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