The Bible praises the Land of Israel for its seven special foods. Each food contains a special “holiness” as well as unique health benefits. By consciously eating these foods, you can connect to the land of Israel and improve your health. So holy are the seven species that in ancient times, the first fruits of their harvest were required to be offered to God during the festival of Shavuot (Tabernacles) in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Historically, wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates have

played a part in Jewish culture due to the praises the Bible extols on these foods. In fact, in Biblical times, these were staple foods for the Israelites. Coins, jewelry, ceramic pieces, mosaics and door mantels have all been found to show images of the seven species. Even the bells on the hem of the High Priest’s robes were made of gold in the shape of pomegranates. Given the propensity of archaeological finds that have images of the seven species, perhaps the ancients not only respected these foods due to their Biblical references but also because, as is scientifically proven today, they knew that they provided all the nutrients one needs to lead a healthful life. CONTINUE