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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Grapevines

Yesterday I’ve visited my uncle Sufian at his home, he hosted me at his large, crowded with scientific books library, and as he told me a brief about the different subjects included in his library, I was eager to know more about one of his publications, that is not merely considered as a documentation for one of the most important aspects of our ancestral and current life, but also it is considered to be an International scientific reference for those who are concerned and interested in agriculture and vineyards. Well, this publication was about grapes and titled by “Grapevines”.



My uncle is a Prof in agriculture, he was the dean of faculty of agriculture in many Palestinian universities, he is a member of the Palestinian Economic and Development Council and he was the head of Palestinian Environmental Authority for the last twelve years, and now he is retired and works as a consultant in environment and agriculture, in addition to that he works in his own and my grandfather vineyards, He has many publications in environment and agriculture, thus I will tell you about his publication in grapevines, where he used his academic background and practical experience as vine growers at Hebron district in Palestine since long period, in order to boost the Arab scientific publications and thereof benefit all.

This is the cover of Grapevines book that catch the attention to my grandpa in his vineyards.

book cover

My uncle devoted his work in this book to my grandpa All Sheikh Abdurrahman Sultan, one of grape farmers seniors in Palestine who dedicated his life to the service of his homeland, and to his farm which is exploited to holding many of the researches and the experiences of grape related to agriculture, breeding, planting, pruning and controlling pests and diseases which helped in the enrichment of this book subjects by the sound scientific bases in those fields.

My grandpa is looking at a cluster of grapes in his vineyards



Our vineyards



In this photo my grandpa and my uncle are holding secateurs used to prune the vine.



Grandpa is pruning the grape



Here they are taking a break and drinking a cup of mint tea



and here uncle is showing the pruning process



These photos had been taken to enrich the vineyards book with practices in pruning the vine, since this book gives a clear description of the practical and the basic principles of vine production with more detailed information about vine distribution, native origin classification, and its economical, nutritional and grape tissues and organs, as well as the lifecycle and the suitable conditions for vine production and planting. Moreover it contains a full description of various techniques of modern practices for vineyard management in arid and semi arid regions with full details on planning, propagation, supports, training, pruning cultivation, fertilization, soil management, irrigation, means of improving grape fruit quality, diseases and pests control and the main growing varieties of grapes in Palestine.

the following photos show the process of grafting grapes manually.

grafting

grafting

That was a general description about the “Grapevines” book, that is really shades the light on grapes production in our vineyards in particular and in Palestine in general, and shares it with the world.

And as stated in the book, I will list the popular grapes varieties in our vineyards with photos

Halawani

Halawani

Shami

Shami

Zeini

Zeini

Jandali

Jandali

Beiruti

Beiruti

Beituni

Beituni

Burleet

Burleet

Black Rumi

Black Rumi

Dabouki



Darawishi

Darawishi

Fuhaisi

Fuhaisi

Hamadani

Hamadani

Marawi

Marawi

Maskat Iskandaria

Maskat Iskandaria

Balouti (Oaken Grapes)

Oaken Grape

Health and wellbeing grandpa......



In coming blogs I will tell you about our traditional foods and cookings made of grapes.




Comments

Hello Eman, that's very informative to learn about grapes. I never knew the names of so many grape varieties. You are very lucky to have such a fantastic vineyard and on top of that you can have so many varieties of grapes from it. Congratulate your grandpa and uncle for their hard work and dedication. Will be looking forward to reading about traditional foods. Naheed

Helo Eman, what a nice posting. I didn't know there were so many different kinds of grapes. It's amazing. And your granpa is an amazing man. He must really be an expert on grapes. I live in a small piece of land and I wish I could cultivate something like him. But I don't know anything about agriculture and I'm afraid to try so I just live here. It's a pity. I wish I knew someone as bright as your granpa to give me advice. I'm sure he would do great things around here. It's so nice to know about your life and your way of life there. It's really very interesting. I'll sure go on following your postings. Bye for now. Mauricio.

hi this is william i saw all of pictures that you posted and your uncle Sufian like grapes this is so amazing that i can learn more thinks from your countrycountry

Hello Eman, your uncle and grandfather are doing great job and I really appreciate it. I had never known before about so many types of grapes, thanks for sharing it and giving knowledge to others. It seems that you've ample knowledge of agriculture and especially about growing grapes. I hope you'll share more about it. I will wait for your next post hope it will be same as interesting as othrs. Asma

I have just read you last writting. I find your post really instructive and insteresting so please continue to give us such as information. I'am wainting impatiently the next post. See you

Wonderful grapes! I would like to taste them all.

amazing ¡¡ your grandpa and uncle look like nice men...working in a country with few resources I admire your family and your way of life too... congratulations

hi Eman, I'm glad and excided to see this post. because I graduated agricultural engineering faculty twenty years ago. you gave us short and very good knowlodge about some of your family member and also your vineyard. I want to congratulate your uncle and grandpa's effort. I'm looking forward to see your new post. see you

Hi Eman! Thank you for such a yummy post. I like grapes very much. I would like to live in country where the sun shines all year long. I envy you so many sunny days. In my country winter lasts almost four months! Best wishes, Agata.

Hi, what a yummy post! I like grapes very much. Your post is so sunny... In my country winter lasts almost five months and summer only three months. I would like my country was warmer. Best wishes,Agata

Hi Eman, The pictures are mouth watering. I didn’t know there are so many different types of grapes. The only thing I knew about grapes was that there are two colours of grapes but your message provide us with so much information. Next time I am in the super market, I would be curious to check the name of the grapes. I have also learnt from the pictures that grape plants could be just like small trees as well. The grape plants that I have seen were really big. It would cover a large area. I prefer the small ones, they would be easily managed. Although saying that, looking after a big vineyard could be a tough job. But if you are dedicated like your Grandfather and Uncle then nothing is impossible. It is such a nice fruit and having them in your garden is fantastic. It is also a very delicate fruit and would need great care and I think it needs people like Grandfather and Uncle to grow them. Regards to your Grandfather and Uncle. Looking forward to your next message. Rabail

Hi Eman, I like grapes, but I never seen before many kinds grapes. It is very interested. I'm expecting your next post.

Hi Eman Thanks again for sharing a good knowleged about grape. I've just known that there are many kinds of grape that i've never tried. I think it's just only 2-3 kinds of grape from your list that i used to eat. Anyway Thanks for your post about grape..

Hello, friend. I got some of the information of diverse graphs from your interesting pictures. I’ve never seen it before these diverse graphs in my country, so it’s very impressive. I guess, your country’s climates are essential to growing the graphs. Also, I believe these graphs will make more healthy and beauty that your peoples. Take care, and see you next blog.

Congratulations! I loved the pictures. I have a small piece of land and I Planted 04 grapevines in December 2009. I don't know if it'll bear. I need to know more about growing and agriculture.

Hello, friend. I got some of the informations of diverse graph from your interesting pictures. I’ve never seen it before these diverse graphs in my country, so it’s very impressive. I guess, your country’s climates are essential to growing the graphs. Also, I believe these graphs will make more healthy and beauty that your peoples. Take care, and see you next blog.

Hi, thank you for this excellent posting about grapes. Being horticultural engineer and viticultor I found it very informative, interesting. Congratulations to your uncle and grandpa for their dedicated work in cultivation, and in writing, teaching. All the best, László

Hello Eman, thanks for your posting. It is very informative and interesting story. your grandpa and uncle are look friendly.Grapes look very fresh!I`d like taste them. thank you Eman, I`ll wait your netx post! see you

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