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Top 12 New Fruit and Vegetables Species Developed in Israel

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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.

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Beth S (330)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 9:11 pm
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.

Every year, Israel exports more than $2 billion worth of produce – tomatoes are its fourth-largest commodity — and is among the world’s top developers of better-looking, better-tasting, disease-resistant and more nutritious varieties.

According to Harry Paris, a senior scientist at the government-sponsored Volcani Institute-Agricultural Research Organization, one of the first success stories in this area is the seedless, hardy Bet Alpha cucumber, introduced in 1936. Its descendants across the world are still going strong. The 1950s Ananas Yoqne‘am and Ha‘Ogen melons also set a global commercial standard.

“The two melons and the cucumber have had a huge international impact,” says Paris. “Their quality inspired successive improvements by Israeli breeder-geneticists. Today, an uncountable variety [of Israeli hybrid produce] has been bred by professionals.”

You’ll probably find more Israel-invented types of fruits and vegetables (as well as hothouse flowers) growing abroad than in the land of their development, simply because little Israel can’t produce on the same scale as countries such as the United States. But blue-and-white innovation is in every bite no matter where it grows.

ISRAEL21c chose this “salad” of a dozen top Israeli-bred fruits and veggies. Look for many more in your local market.

1. The Galia melon, released to the market in 1974 by breeders Zvi Karchi and Anneke Govers, became a multimillion-dollar hit internationally. A descendant of Ha‘Ogen, Galia has succeeded so spectacularly, Paris says, because it looks, smells and tastes good. All those factors contribute to enticing people to try the fruit and then come back for more … and more. Volcani licensees went on to develop additional offshoots of the Galia that are popular worldwide.

See the rest of these yummy new fruits and veggies at the article site.

Lee Hampton (15)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 9:14 pm

Some very interesting salads in store!

Colorful and tasty. Glad it's not junk food, either.

Kerrie G (116)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 1:47 am
Shared, thanks. :)

Lindsay K (6)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 3:37 am

Kath P (9)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 3:50 am
How absolutely amazing. Great bit of info...thanks

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 4:03 am
A seedless bell pepper is a wonderful thing! Can you imagine not having to get all those stupid seeds out? Then again how do you grown more peppers without seeds? I love spaghetti squash too. Black tomato? Why not!

Sam E M (0)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 4:57 am
Quote: "...successive improvements by Israeli breeder-geneticists..."
Surely there are enough Nature-made, colorful, delicious fruits and vegetables available without resorting to genetic modification? A few pips and seeds are not much to deal with.

pam w (139)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 7:00 am
This IS genetic modification. The only difference is in the ''how."

Russell R (87)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 8:20 am
Don't fool with Mother Nature!

Chanah B. (0)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 9:32 pm
Very impressive. Thanks!!

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 12:55 am
I just don't know.

Darren W (218)
Friday July 5, 2013, 1:16 am
This probably does challenge our perception of food and what we eat to some degree...

Jaime Alves (52)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 2:17 pm
Well done Israel.!!

Helen Porter (39)
Friday August 2, 2013, 9:27 am
They certainly look appetizing!
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