The thrilling true story of an ancient plant, wonderfully reborn in the modern era through the hard work of two female scientists.

That’s no ordinary seed.

It’s one that slept for many, many, many years.

It’s a miracle seed

A dry, dusty, seed, that lay buried in sun-baked desert soil, lost for generations.

…It was a treasure in Israel and prized throughout the ancient world.

It bore the sweetest fruit…

…and was also believed to cure many diseases including toothache, malaria–even cancer.

After all, ancient medicinal wisdom sometimes proved correct.

in 2004, everything changed. Sarah Sallon, a doctor specializing in children’s digestive diseases, read about a 1,500-year-old lotus seed that sprouted.

She had a great idea.

What if those long-forgotten Judean date pal seeds could be brought back to life? that would be incredible!

According to ancient folklore, these dates and the power to cure disease, if Dr. Sallon could bring this extinct date palm back to life, she could study its health benefits.

Hmm… it was over 2,500 years ago that Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, wrote that willow tree tea would relieve aches and reduce fever.


He was right!


Martin Lemelman
Ages 8-14

HARDCOVER; Releases: 3/27/2023

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Thousands of years ago, in a time of rebellion, the Jewish people fought against their Roman rulers. The brutal Emperor Titus ordered the destruction of everything precious to the Jews: towns, villages, even their beloved Judean date palm trees. Centuries passed. The Jewish people were scattered, and the Judean date palm faded into extinction. Then, in 1963, a team of archaeologists uncovered two-thousand-year-old date palm seeds at the ruined fortress of Masada. For another forty years the seeds waited—until 2004, when Israeli scientist Dr. Sarah Sallon had a big, courageous idea. What if those ancient seeds could bring the Judean date palm back to life? Dr. Sallon recruited her friend Dr. Elaine Solowey, and their amazing experiment began…

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