MedjoolDatedatesdatesdates ALL THE DATES.
That’s what we’re talking about. Well, mostly looking at because PREPARE FOR ALL THE PHOTOS EVER. Actually, this is only about 1/100 of what I took, but I didn’t want to break your internets with loading time. You know, looking at for you as per always. 🙂
Anyway. You probably saw on Instagram that I, along with a ton of AWESOME blogger ladies, went to Yuma, AZ with Natural Delights Dates for the Medjool Summit A few weeks back, and I wanted to share some photos of the trip, along with some of the cool things that I learned!
P.s you have not LIVED until you’ve had a Medjool Date FRESH off the tree. OHMYGOSHOHMYGOSH. THE YUM.
Ok, let’s do fun facts first. Because they’re fun. And because I said I want to do them first. So there.
Actually, let’s do facts among the photos. My not-able-to-make-decisions-self is ON POINT today.
FUN DATE FACTS THAT YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW AND NOW YOU DO:
- Medjool Date Palms are male and female! The male fertilizes the female, like in humans, and then the male is good for absolutely nothing.
Also, like humans. KIDDING MR.FFF. LOVE YOU.
Also: I hope that they dudes at least take the ladies on a DATE FIRST. I crack myself up.
- Medjool Dates are NOT a dried fruit. Do you remember when I told you about Mr.FFF’s “date debate” with those energy bites, where he kept asking me what a date was BEFORE it was a date, to which I replied “umm…a date?” Well, I was right. Dates are considered a FRESH fruit, which is why you find them in the fresh produce aisle!
- Do you know WHY they’re considered “fresh?” Because of their water content! For example, a raisin is 10% water and a Medjool date is 20%! They also dry naturally, and are not manipulated to do so. It’s just part of their natural life cycle yo’.
- You know when you get a Medjool date and it has some white on the outside? That’s just the natural sugars making their way to the outside of the fruit! If you don’t like how it looks, just rub it with a damp paper towel and microwave it for 5-10 seconds. Poof! Big, plump dates with no white stuff on the outside!
- The Medjool Date groves that we visited are technically considered organic, they just don’t have the government verification. ANDANDAND, they’re 100% pesticide free!
Which is why it was safe to eat about eleventy billion fresh off the tree. Still obsessing. SO GOOD.
- We visited “The Big 6” which are the 6 Medjool Date palms that ALL the groves in the Bard Valley come from. You guys, there was A LOT of groves. And they all came from S-I-X trees. Only SIX. So crazy! Plus, those 6 are still bearing fruit.
I hope you learned a few things! I know I did…and I had a blast eating my way through ALL the Medjool Date food. Now, I just need to figure out how to grow a date palm grove on my patio.
Then my life would be compl-EAT.
Now, let’s all have a face date with a Medjool date.
Hee-larious I am.