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