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Israel to Export New Fruit

Israeli farmers are preparing to export two new fruit they have now started harvesting — limes and red bananas. Although Israel has long been known for its citrus — oranges and lemons, limes are newcomers to this country, and do not even have a special name in Hebrew.

Menahem Davidson, chief agronomist of the Mehadrin Citrus Company, said yesterday that some 60 acres of limes have been planted in recent years and the first eight acres are now bearing, with some 25 acres expected to bear fruit next year.

The red bananas now being harvested in Kibbutz Ginossar near Tiberias are from plants imported from Ecuador, where they are grown by Indian tribes.