Old Seed

02007-02-28 | Food, Nature | 2 comments

Seed: I Can’t Believe It’s Science (for Feb. 19, 2007)
In 2005, the seed was finally germinated, and last week Carbon-14 dating confirmed that it probably originated between 66 and 73 C.E. The seed is the oldest to ever germinate. While those who see the sapling claim it looks like any old palm tree, germinator Elaine Soloway notes that the first leaves it sprouted are unusually long. She does not yet know whether the tree is male or female, but if the tree is a female, within a few years she will be able to taste fruit nobody has known in thousands of years.

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  1. Boris

    Sounds fascinating…

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