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.
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
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.
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
Balouti (Oaken Grapes)
Health and wellbeing grandpa......
In coming blogs I will tell you about our traditional foods and cookings made of grapes.
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