TRAVEL THEME: TEXTURE
PALM TREE TRUNKS
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has a variety of beautiful trees. One thing we don’t have spouting up over our landscapes are palm trees. The only kind we have are decorative ones you can find in our indoor malls, in our homes and on our outdoor decks and patios during the summertime. The texture and patterns of their trunks are a work of art when viewed close up, as the ones below indicate.
TOP INDOOR PALM TREE
MIDDLE OF INDOOR PALM TREE
BASE OF INDOOR PALM TREE
To see a palm tree along the outdoor landscape, one has to travel south or southwest. I found the ones below while visiting Phoenix, Arizona. Look at the texture and patterns of its trunk and further up at the top right before the leaves break forth. Amazing in its’ texture and design.
TRUNK OF PHOENIX DATE PALM TREE
WIDE VIEW OF PHOENIX DATE PALM TREES
TOP OF PHOENIX DATE PALM TREE
But did you know that the date palm trees in Phoenix are not native to the region?
Records show that it was grown in Egypt in the fifth century B.C. There are many records of “the tree of life” in the history Mesopotamia (Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria), the Indus Valley (Pakistan), the Nile Valley (Africa) and the Mediterranean Riviera (Italy, Greece).
It is known that the date palm has been cultivated in the Middle East for more than 5000 years. Dates have been a staple food for thousand of years in this region. The fruits were widely traded at that time. Dates were considered royal delicacy “the fruits of Kings”.
The date palms came to the western world with missionaries who planted them around their missions in the 18th century. The dates were first introduced into Spain by the Moors. Later spanish missionaries introduced the trees to South and North Americas and Mexico in the 18th and 19th centuries.
In the United States date palms were imported in 1927. Dr.Walter Swingle brought 11 Medjool offshoots for transplanting to California from Morocco. He was trying to save the Date palms from extinction. A rare disease was destroying Moroco’s Medjool crop. Nine of the eleven offshoots survived. From these original offshoots the millions of Date palms grow today in the United States.
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