Open Sesame

Once a common summer crop, sesame has all but vanished from our fields. But a few local farmers are still growing it in the Beit Netofa Valley, and a lab in Rehovot is working to create new strains.

This is the third year in a row that the Beit Netofa Valley has been flooded. The heavy, clay-rich soil couldn’t withstand the winter rains − rains...