Top 12 New Fruits and Vegetables Developed in Israel

Nano watermelons in the Jerusalem Market, Mahane Yehuda.
Nano watermelons in the Jerusalem Market, Mahane Yehuda.

Since the first half of the 20th century, Israeli agricultural wizards have been partnering with Mother Nature to bring new fruit and vegetable varieties to the global market, from vividly colored squash to seedless peppers.

Touchpoint Israel provides an interesting article on new fruits and vegetables developed in Israel. Read more

It’s Watermelon Season

Watermelons in the Jerusalem Market, Mahane Yehuda.
Watermelons in the Jerusalem Market, Mahane Yehuda.

According to the Plant Production and Marketing Board of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture,

the average Israeli consumes 26 pounds (12 kilos) of watermelon each year. The average American eats 16 pounds per year.

Israelis love their watermelons, which is evidenced by the 100,000 tons of watermelons sold each year by Israel’s approximately 100 growers.

Touchpoint Israel offers “5 Lip-Smacking Recipes for Watermelon Season in Israel.”

Israel is 68 years young!

The modern state of Israel is 68 years young. In honor of that milestone the Foreign Ministry produced a cute and informative 6-minute video highlighting 68 amazing, interesting, and fun facts about modern Israel. Enjoy!

Israel’s BioBee Biological Systems

Over the next year, BioBee Biological Systems at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu in northern Israel will ship some 600 million specially bred predatory mites to farmers in Colombia as a natural form of pest control.

See the complete story here.

Below is a video that describes the work of Bio Bee.

Cancer Sniffing Phone App

Need some good news that will likely have some effect upon you? Then, read on.

One of the many amazing technologies coming forth from Israel’s hotbed of medical technology is a cancer sniffing device that smells cancer on the user’s breath.

By identifying the special “odor” emitted by cancer cells, the NaNose system can detect the presence of tumors, both benign and malignant, more quickly, efficiently and cheaply than previously possible.” – Professor Hossam Haick

Reports are that this device is 90% accurate in detecting the presence of cancer. And it is particularly helpful in detecting lung cancer, which typically doesn’t present recognizable symptoms until it is strongly entrenched in the body.

A new smart phone app will make this technology widely available, and will likely increase the survival rate of those afflicted by cancer.

See an introduction to this amazing technology in the video below.

I learned of this technology from Michael Ordman who uses his blog, Good News from Israel, to highlight, well … good news from Israel. I recommend you visit his blog regularly, or simply sign up for the email distribution of Good News from Israel.