Arugula, also called Rocket, is an annual plant common to the Mediterranean region. Israel wild plant grows north of the Dead Sea, along the Jordan Valley to the southern Golan Heights. Plant 20-100 centimeters high. Yellow flowers striking purple arteries. The plant has a sharp mustard flavor, It is used primarily for salad. Rich in vitamin C and potassium.
Romaine lettuce, a dwarf type that is also called Little Gem. A small headed lettuce rich in flavor, very crisp leaves have no bitterness. Open pollinated species cultivated in Israel. Lettuce are a most popular ancient salad vegetable enjoying a modern revival today. 15X10 cm head, adapted to indoor and outdoor production, 65 day to harvest. Requires well drained soil rich. Romaines slightly more tolerant to heat compared with other lettuce.
Also known as Lobia. Pods can be eaten green or dehydrated and saved as dry beans. Despite the name black-eyed peas belong to the bean family. Strong root buds which are great method for fixing nitrogen in the soil. Black-eyed peas do not require special conditions can grow without constant watering without it affecting the amount of fruit. Originated in India and cultivated in many regions across the globe for centuries. Named for the small black 'eye' where the bean is adjoined to the pod within the shell.
The world's most ancient testimony of fava bean was discovered growing around 10,200 years in Pre Neolithic sites of the Lower Galilee. In the sites were exposed large amounts of fava bean seeds. Fava beans had been cultivated in the Middle East before it spread to Western Europe. Fava or Broad beans have been found in the earliest human settlements. Remains are reported to have been found in Egyptian tombs.
Israeli heirloom spinach from Galilee region. Wild to the Middle East region. Impressive leaves, triangular shape, that quickly grow. Heat-tolerant and suitable for Mediterranean climate. Vibrant green leaves that add beauty and flavor to salads. Spinach is an annual vegetable with high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. About 60cm high. This plant requires a moderate amount of maintenance, Be aware of soil, sun and water requirements to ensure you have a happy and healthy spinach.
Baladi (local) heirloom corn from the Jezreel Valley, sweet and wonderful white corn. Jezreel Valley was a most important region, allowing convenient path between the coastal plain and the Jordan Valley. Maize was first cultivated by Mayans. ֿSpread worldwide by European traders who brought it from the American continent.
Azov has been known since biblical times because of its healing properties. mentioned in the Bible ten times as a small plant growing on a wall. It is common in the eastern Mediterranean maquis and rock outcrops. In Israel, following harvest of commercial quantities of the wild plant, the continual existence stands in danger, therefore, Azov is declared as a protected plant.
Coriander is a native specie to the region, spanning from southern Europe and northern Africa to southwestern Asia. Coriander is a soft plant growing to 50cm (20 inches) tall. The seeds are generally used as a spice or an added ingredient in other foods or recipes.
Landrace cultural and traditional culinary herb, known in the area for many generations coming from the Sandale village in the Jezreel Valley, the largest provider of Mulukhiyah, in the country and perhaps the world. Mulukhiyah dish is a stew consisting of Mulukhiyah, greens and varying types of meat. Mulukhiyah is usually accompanied by white rice. Originated in Egypt where it is considered a national plant and is also recognized Israeli kitchen, both Palestinians and Egyptian Jewish kitchen.
Native to the Mediterranean region. Grows to 70–150 cm (28–59 in) tall. The leaves have a gentle lemon scent, related to mint. During summer, small white flowers full of nectar appear and attract bees, hence the genus name Melissa (Greek for 'honey bee’).
An ancient species known from antiquity. A herbaceous perennial native to the eastern Mediterranean, with populations in Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. It typically grows in open fields, rocky soils, and among low-growing native shrubs. It was first described in 1853 by botanist Pierre Edmond Boissier, with the epithet "hierosolymitana" referring to "royal, sacred Jerusalem".
The sweet scent of flowers and the colors attract insects, especially the honey bees. found in rocky Mediterranean landscape. Salvia officinalis has a long history of medicinal and culinary use, and in modern times as an ornamental garden plant. Salvia officinalis has a long history of medicinal and culinary use.
Salvia Judaica is common to Israel. One species of sage is mentioned in the Talmud. Many sage sprigs thin cross-section during flowering and ripening seeds the whole plant flowers purple hue, beautiful flowers are blue-violet. One of the first plants to bloom in spring flowering between April-June.
An annual plant of the composite family Asteraceae. medical literature reported a number of beneficial effects for chamomile. Research with animals suggests antispasmodic, anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory and some antimutagenic and cholesterol-lowering effects for chamomile. Chamomile has a very pleasant aroma, graceful plant 15-50 cm height.
Annual plant well known around southwest and central Asia, and particularly Israel. Dill is one of a kind, leaves of dill are aromatic and are used to flavor many foods such as fish dishes, borscht, soups, as well as pickles (where the dill flower are sometimes used). Dill is best when used fresh. Grows to a height of 40-60 cm with Stem bearing thin and delicate leaves, unique and gentle taste.
Israeli Heirloom breed, romaine lettuce type. Silky smooth neon green leaves, amazing lettuce originating in the desert wilderness the leaves are trying to reach for the sky. Bred in Jericho, it has become no stranger to heat and remains sweet in the warm months before the summer. Requires well-drained rich soil. Used frequently in the Middle East for salads. Often containing vitamins A, B and C, and an array of minerals.
Open pollinated variety, Israeli Cherry Belle radish. A hardy and heat tolerant variety, suitable from poor soil conditions. Shiny red radish with crisp white flesh. Harvest once they reach the appropriate size of 2.5-3cm diameter.
Israeli heirloom breed, very resilient to hot weather. A hardy plant that grows in almost all weather conditions. This variety produces a brilliant deep purple color fruit that weighs around 5 pounds, with a dozens of fruits for every plant. Expect a gorgeous bloom, especially beloved by bees.
Hanka Lazarson lived in Beit Alfa: “At the beginning of April 1937 an Agricultural Research delegation came to us, led by Dr. S. Horowitz. We have been asked to start the selection and growing of Black Beauty eggplant. At the end of the season I sent the seeds to agricultural center in Hadera, to continue cultivation work”.
Ananas Yoqne’am was first cultivated by Natan Rabinovich, a Romanian-born resident of Yokneam, Israel. Rabinobivh had formal agricultural training in France. Rabinovich began producing melons commercially from his new breed around 1950 and do to its great taste quickly became the best melon in the market. Ananas Yoqne’am was cultivated from the traditional landrace melon that was grown locally at that time. Breed to be grown on dryland without irrigation.Seeds should be sown in early spring strive on residual moisture in the ground left from winter rains. Due to the excellent properties Ananas Yoqne’am melon is extensively used as sources of germplasm for the international Cucurbit manufacturing industry.
'Ein Dor' combination of pineapple with a hint of banana flavor. The fruit turns yellow under its coarse netting as it matures and sets at 1-2 kg melon. This Holy Land heirloom melon was selected and cultivated by local resident David Solomon, one of the founders of Kibbutz Ein Dor in the Lower Galilee. 'Ein Dor' has a sweet cavity, slow to mature, but well worth the wait. David Solomon worked in agriculture, with much of his work focused on cultivating new varieties of melons, watermelons, sesame, wheat and more. He received many awards for his work and had close ties with Tel Aviv University and research institutes around the world .
One of our favorite varieties a perfect combination of taste and texture made this melon to be one of the most beloved melons in the world. This melon was breed in kibbutz “Ha’ogen”, founded in 1939 by immigrants from Czechoslovakia. Thought to have originated in Hungary, but there is no conclusive proof of this. Beautiful and very fragrant, good yields of nearly 1-2 kg of Flavorful green flesh.
Apart of its delicious flavor the name of this cucumber “Shmshon” was given do to its unusual strength an Israeli heritage breed from 1965. (“Samson The Hero” a judge of the ancient Israelites mentioned in the Hebrew Bible Book of Judges chapters 13 to 16).
Bred by the late Ezra Gallon professor at Weizmann Institute. Gallon studied the physiological and genetic control of sex determination in cucumber plants, his research led to the development of new varieties of cucumbers, some of them are grown up to this day. Fruit size varies between 12-15 cm when it is ready to harvest.
Landrace Faqqous-Doya variety, an ancient biblical cucumber, has been grown in the Holy Land for many generations. Pearl white color with fine hair on very thin skin. Faggous-Doya has no bitterness and the fruit is almost always used without peeling. Harvest once fruit reaches 15-20 cm size. Faqqous-Doya is a snake melon (cucumis melo Flexuosus). Modern cucumber was brought to Israel more recently via Egypt and India. Egyptians are known to have been harvesting Fakos throw the Bronze Age. Today Fakos is cultivated in all countries of the Middle East and around the Mediterranean.
Known for its unique attractivity and superb flavor that is sweet, wןth a crunchy texture. This Faqquos snake melon has dark green stripes with a rounded snake like shape. This variety requires a long and warm growing season. Harvest fruit when 16-25 cm length. The name Fakos came from a Greek word meaning removal of soft hairs.
Originally an traditional American variety named California Wonder. Known in Israel since 1952, bred by legendary Israeli grower, Jacob Weiss, at the youth village of Ben-Shemen. Bell pepper variety, the largest you can grow. Perfect cube shape, size 12x14cm. Standard red pepper for many decades. thick hard crisp red sweet shell.
Originally an American traditional variety named California Wonder. Known in Israel since 1952, bred by Israeli “Hazera" Association youth village at Ben-Shemen. Block shaped fruit, delicate and sweet bright orange, recommended for open field production. Ripens early in the season. Turns from green to orange when ripening.
Peoria pepper strain, spicy little pepper. Goes threw a rainbow of colors as they ripen: green to yellow, orange, red and purple. Very heavy yielder, perfect for pickling or added to salsas and salads. Sharpness rating of SHU 50,000. Green 60 days, 100 days ripen to red. Spicy little pepper that grows threw a rainbow of colors.
Israel's most famous tomato! Anyone who grew up in Israel up to the 90’s ate this tomato frequently. "Isaiaho Arten" who studied in the Netherlands trade secrets and treatment for seeds established in 1924 the first commercial marketing of seeds. Artan brought Marmande tomato seeds to Israel.
“Frieda Levy” Hephzibah 1964 - “I think, first seeds of Marmande tomatoes were sown in the Jordan Valley, the seeds were brought from the city of Marmande, France, which is the source of the name. Tomatoes Marmande was fitting to the requirements of the local market”.
Originally an old English heirloom breed, arrived to Israel in the early 40s. Bright red color, very high quality juicy fruit, 5 cm in diameter with a very yielding crop. This variety grows well in hot and humid climates. Delicious. A rare variety producing huge amounts of fruit.
A "Baladi" (local) strain of Tomato originated in Syria. Very high yielding plant, great taste with a reddish pink color. Fruits are meaty with a few seeds inside and are very large in diameter 12-14cm. Local variety, excellent for hot and humid regions. Reddish pink hue with an excellent taste.
A strain of open pollinated celery root variety cultivated in Israel. Celery is a biennial plant that originated in the Mediterranean, common wild plant growing in swamps. A nice fragrant and tall plants 50-70cm. Celery been cultivated as a vegetable since antiquity.