Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Mount Thabor's oak
Common name:

Mount Thabor's oak

Synonym name:

Palestine oak

Hebrew name:

אלון התבור

Scientific name:

Quercus ithaburensis


Fagaceae (oak)

Arabic name:

2-6 m
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The mount Thabor's oak is one of the common trees in the landscape of Sharon, Ramot Menashe, Galilee, Golan Heights, Bashan and the Hakhula Valley.
Mount Thabor's oak is a deciduous tree from the Fagaceae (oak) family. Its leaves are large and toothed , yellowish green on their top side and plywood and hairy on their bottom. The young branches are also covered with plywood hairs. The flowers are green Yellow in color. The Acorn and cupmark are relatively large, the scutum of the cupmark look like curls.
The oak fruit, cupule, root and bark are all used by the Israeli Arabs for making medicine for various body diseases including ulcers, abdominal pain, diarrhea, children
bedwetting, Tendency to abortion in the early months of pregnancy, coughing with blood and intestinal tract cancer.
Treatment against stomach cancer, diarrhea, ulcers and coughing with blood :
Cook handful of Thabor's oak galls in a liter of water about half an hour, strain and drink one cup a day, after two hours drink a spoonful of natural aloe vera gel. 
Another way is to cook 100g of oak bark in a liter of water, about half an hour, filter and drink 2 cups per day. 
Third way is to Peel 10 acorns, crush them into tiny pieces and cook them in a liter of water, about half an hour, drink 2 cups from the decoction per day.
Ground and roasted acorns were used in the First World War as a cheap substitute for coffee.
 Boiled or baked acorn is edible and tastes like chestnuts. Maimonides notes that eating the oak acorns can be fattening.
In past days the oak covered most of the Mediterranean woodlands of Israel. The oak Is one of the trees that mentioned in the Bible a lot "and he is strong like the oaks" (Amos 2,9) . You can find very old oak near the Muslim holy places. 
The acorns of oak were used as food in rush and hard days.  During the famine of the First World War, many people were fed by oak acorns. The bark was used for tanning. Maimonides notes that oak fruits are fattening. In the book "Treasure of Life" that was written by Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Tzahalon, in Italy, 400 years ago, it is written that acorns are difficult to digest and stop the stomach.
In their early days of establishment, the Members of Kibbutz Alonim (oaks in hebrew) in the YIzrael Valley, made a living from selling the Thabor oak acorns to skins processors in Tel-Aviv.