Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Oasis Date Gardens


This blog post is a few days late because I injured my back. Now that I can sit for a few minutes, I'll try to dash this one out!

Last week we were out of dates, so off we went to the Oasis Date Gardens in Thermal--our favorite place to stock up. They have many exotic varieties that you can't find anywhere else, and that you can sample for free. We like to buy 8-10 pounds worth and freeze them--they keep really well.


The dates are usually harvested in the early fall, so the dates we were buying were from last year's crop (but no less delicious for that). We saw something we'd never seen before, the irrigation in progress.



Right now the date palms are all hung with clusters of green dates. Bill confirmed that they are hard as rocks. Before they're harvested, the clusters will be covered with bags to keep the birds from getting them.




Bill always gets a date shake as part of the experience. A little slurp of heaven!