Almonds growing in the Jezreel Valley

The photo below shows almonds growing in the Jezreel Valley in late April.

Almonds growing in the Jezreel Valley. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Almonds growing in the Jezreel Valley. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

During the days of a severe famine in the land of Canaan, Israel (Jacob) agreed to allow his youngest son Benjamin to go to Egypt at the request of the man who was in charge of dispensing food. That man was Joseph, the son of Israel. Jacob agreed to allow Benjamin to go with his older brothers. He also told the boys to take some of “the best products of the land” including almonds.

Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: take some of the choice fruits of the land in your bags, and carry a present down to the man, a little balm and a little honey, gum, myrrh, pistachio nuts, and almonds. (Genesis 43:11 ESV)

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