When God described His Promised Land to His people, He talked about a variety of fruits to help His people visualize the bountifulness waiting for them, also symbolizing the bountifulness of His love for them and His grace.
As described, the Promised Land was everything the people of God could have hoped for. An extraordinary area, the Promised Land was a rich, fertile terrain, featuring everything that was desirable. With its own irrigation and excellent climate, life would be all that God had promised – a blessed, rich life for his Chosen People.
Our seeds are harvested and cultivated in the same time honored traditions and processing methods that have been done for thousands of years: while these time intensive methods mean hand culling and individually examining seeds, it always means you know your seeds have been gathered with the same care our ancestors used to prepare for the next year’s crops.
~ New Beginnings ~ Forgiveness ~ Kindness ~ Perseverance ~ Overcome ~
Barley was an “all-purpose” crop that withstand anything Mother Nature threw at it. And today, it needs that same heartiness; our barley comes predominantly from the south — in the Negev desert – where the barley gets the arid, hot climate it thrives on.
Barley has always been a vital element of the Holy Land’s way of life, and was harvested around Passover. From feeding livestock, to holy offerings, to being used as a unit of measurement, Barley was a high producing, insect-resistant crop that could be planted anywhere. Even the poorest of the poor could grow even a modest parcel of barley to sustain their families.
“When a man sees barley in a dream, it is a sign that his iniquities are removed, for is said, “Thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged”. (Isaiah 6:7).
~ Wisdom ~ Peace ~ Hope ~ Light ~ Fertility ~
From the story of Noah’s Ark, to the modern saying “extended an olive branch” the olive branch is widely known as a symbol of peace. It is one of the main staples of Israelite and Mediterranean cuisine and industry. Just as this small tree became a significant part of the agricultural economy and diet, it too came to embody the concepts of wealth, health, fertility, sustenance — and the blessings that flowed from them.
Today’s olive oil processing follows the same procedures that have been followed, handed down from father to son, for thousands of years. Like other “ancient foods,” our olives don’t take well to modern mechanized processing methods. So in order to maintain the quality and production volume, we’ve found the old ways are the best ways.
Our olive seeds begin their journey from the plantations near Mount Armageddon, in the north part of Samaria. As in the old days, the olives are harvested by laying netting on the ground and combing the olives off the branches – a time consuming method, but one that has a higher yield than others. The flesh of the olives is crushed to extract the oil, while the seeds are separated. During processing, our hearty seeds are cleaned multiple times, and individually examined before packaging for your use.
“And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo,in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth” (Genesis 8:11).
~ Eternal Life ~ Health ~ Marriage ~ Fertility ~ Abundance ~
When Moses’ scouts came back to provide evidence of the Promised Land’s plentifulness, it was a pomegranate they showed him. Since then, the pomegranate has symbolized abundance, just as it symbolized the Promised Land’s fruitfulness. Due to the abundance of its seeds, pomegranates have come to symbolize plentifulness: a long life, the growth of true believers, and an abundance of opportunity. Their plentiful seeds also symbolized the hoped for blessings of marriage and fertility. Their health properties of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins also make pomegranates a symbol of health.
Our pomegranates begin their trek in the Fall, just in time for the Jewish New Year and the Tabernacle festivities to celebrate harvest and prosperity. Grown in the lower part of the Galilee region, the fruit is grown near Nazareth in the Jezreel Valley. Once the fruit is harvested, the pomegranates go through an artisanal process which includes crushing the fruit to extract our seeds. The seeds are left to dry in the sun, then washed multiple times, and hand culled to pick the best seeds for packaging.
“Let us go early to the vineyards to see … if the pomegranates are in bloom – there I will give you my love.” (Solomon 7:12).
~ Life ~ Loyalty ~ Devotion ~ Faith ~Sharing Celebration ~
Grapes were a staple of the ancient diet as it is today. Seen by some as the “Tree of Life,” the grape vine has played an important role culturally, economically and symbolically throughout history. Grapes, of course, have been used in wine making throughout the world. Grapes are also eaten “out of hand” (fresh) as well as dried food (raisins). Grapes have also been used to make sweeteners. The leaves, too, can be used to wrap dolmas, little finger foods with meat or rice wrapped in grape leaves.
Because it was a plant that was used in common, everyday life, grapes and vines were often used to symbolize many things or to illustrate stories. Most famously, grape vines came to symbolize the Church (“the vine”) and its obedient believers (“the branches”).
Our seeds come from a winery in the lower part of the Galilee, where traditions abound in the viticultural area. Grown from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, the seeds are extracted during processing, cleaned and then left to dry in the sun for two days, as our workers hand cultivate each seed for packaging.
“I am the vine; you are the branches” (John 15:1-5).
~ Health ~ National Spirituality ~ National Prosperity ~ Wealth ~ Security ~
The fig tree was the “Swiss Army knife” of the Israelites lives. As a cultivated crop, its dual harvests offered not just a sweet, daily sustenance, but also in its caked form assured food during the winter. Its palms and branches offered much needed shade during the summer, wood for the poor to keep warm in the winter. Closely identified with the Holy Land, sitting by the shade of a fig tree serves as a metaphor for living in peace.
“…And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree”. (1 Kings 4:25).
~ Hearth ~ Home ~ Blessing ~ Honor ~ Bountifulness ~
An international symbol of food, wheat symbolizes the bread originally used by Christ during the Last Supper, as a remembrance of Him and His sacrifice for his followers’ sins. In the famous parable, The Tares, the believers, symbolized by wheat, would be reaped by angels, separating them from the tares (the non-believers).
Wheat, which flourished in the Promised Land, was just as much a food staple for the ancient peoples as it is for us today. It grew well in warm climates, was fungus resistant, provided high yields but still provided a light texture.
“When you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow, in order that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands…” (Deuteronomy 24:19).
~ Aspiration ~ Warmth ~ Protection ~ Aspiration ~ Attainment ~
From the earliest times, the bible speaks of “a land flowing with milk and [date] honey”. Long before modern families associated dates with health, the ancient peoples knew dates meant life. Dates grew in hot, inhospitable climates — in places where few other crops could. As a midsummer crop, dates would often be dried and pressed into cakes for winter meals and traveling food. Palm fronds were laid on the path walked by Christ as he entered Jerusalem, symbolizing victory. Today, these mineral/vitamin rich fruits are seen as a source of overall good health and energy.
“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree…” (Psalm 92:12).