Figs grown in present-day Israel 12,500 years ago

The recent discovery in Israel of carbonized figs without seeds suggests that plant domestication began about 12,500 years ago, or about 1,000 years than previously believed.

I recently planted a Black Mission fig to go along with several other varieties currently at the finca, and I have started a few fig trees in the past from cuttings. It is rather mind-blowing to think others have been doing that for 125 centuries.

The previous oldest evidence of plant domestication was not fruit, but rather lentils and chickpeas found in southern Turkey.

0 thoughts on “Figs grown in present-day Israel 12,500 years ago

  1. It makes sense to me that figs came first in plant domestication.

    The Old Testament mentions figs on many occasions for example. Adam & Eve sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. Whenever a plentiful land was described it always included a description of fig trees. If they were having a bad time it was because their fig trees withered. Even Jesus cursed a fig tree when it wasn’t producing figs for him.

    Figs were definitely held in high regard in Israel. So carbonized figs would be a natural step.

  2. Yes, Correy, the Jewish liturgy has numerous references to fig trees and grape vines, many from various passages in the Torah (especially Leviticus). And, of course, there are many such references in the prophetic writings, as well.

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