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A mango tree incubating a slice of Beirut’s history


A small and open orchard is a unusual sight in the middle of the concrete jungle that is Beirut, with all its extensive parkings and skyscrapers in construction.

In the picture (taken in Achrafieh), notice an apricot tree at the left, a mango tree (covered with flowers) at the right and another apricot tree in the background.

Those trees were probably planted at a time in which Beirut’s inhabitants still ate the fruits and vegetables growing in their gardens and dearly cherished their piece of soil (without dreaming to turn it into a skyscraper!).

Different times, different ways of thinking…

Who are these extinct people, who lived in a city that looks like the painting below ?

I can’t conclude this post on such a melancholic note, since the essence of Blue Lebanon is not to nag or regret times we have not known, but to try to propose solutions.

To plant an apricot or a mango tree (when it will be the season), fill a small/medium plastic pot with soil, and plant the seed of the fruit as it is (plant 2-3 seeds per pot depending on its size). Don’t hesitate to ask for some more details about planting ! Nothing equals the satisfaction of seeing one’s own plant growing, and making flowers and fruits. (you can read more about the importance of planting here)

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  1. MEL
    April 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    cool!! 🙂 When’s the season for mango/apricot planting?

    • Erik Vincenti Zakhia
      April 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Hey 🙂 ! The season for planting apricot is around June-July (once there begin to be apricots on the market).
      The season for planting mango is from June to October (but usually mango mature in August – September in Lebanon) so you can plant mango seeds then.

  2. February 16, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Nice post. Here you provide some valuable points about company it’s really nice. I like your post. Thank you for sharing…………….

  3. February 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    If history is one of your biggest interest, then you should think about taking a trip to the country of Lebanon. The history of Lebanon is very extensive and full of occupations, periods of turmoil, discoveries, and losses.

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