Egyptian palm tree, 16th century artwork

Egyptian palm tree, 16th century artwork

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Caption: Egyptian palm tree, 16th century artwork. The fruits of this palm tree are being harvested. The palm tree most commonly cultivated in this way is the date palm tree, which has sweet edible fruit. This is a woodcut from Cosmographie de Levant (1556), an account of travels in Asia, Greece, Palestine and Egypt by the French writer and explorer Andre Thevet (1502-1590).

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