The Agriculture Ministry has permitted the import of etrogim (yellow citrons) from Morocco ahead of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
First deliveries of 1,500 etrogim arrived in Israel several days ago. This is the first time the Jewish state imports etrogim from Morocco.
The Moroccan citron which grows in the Atlas Mountains is considered the original etrog from the biblical times, according to researchers specializing in the plants of the Bible.
The Moroccan citron is mostly popular among Sephardic communities, and the import is being done at the request of the communities' leaders in Israel.