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The vine, the olive and the fig: a Palestinian proverb

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 19.05.2006:

The vine is delicate and requires care, the olive grows out on the mountains and can protect itself, while the fig tree, which is hardly less important to the fellah than the other two, is homely and is planted near the village. Hence the proverb: “The vine is a town lady, the olive an Arab and the fig a peasant woman.”


Grace Crowfoot and Louise Baldensperger, From Cedar to Hyssop: A Study in the Folklore of Plants in Palestine, The Sheldon Press, London, 1932.

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