Would you like a date?

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My wise old grandmother used to make a wide variety of pies, three of which I disliked intensely: pecan, mince meat, and date. Nuts and meat simply don’t belong in pies. Dates I simply didn’t like.

When I was over in Palm Springs a few weeks ago, I saw many date palms, all of them with their little dates hanging in plastic bags. Looked like this:

Date palms

I thought it interesting that dates apparently are harvested by letting them fall into the plastic bags. Unless the plastic bags help them all ripen at the same time, or something like that. Anyway, what a unique picture of date palm trees, something we don’t see here in San Diego.

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19 thoughts on “Would you like a date?

      1. Jennwith2ns

        It doesn’t really. It’s an English thing. “Mincemeat” is probably an archaism (although I’m sure we could go to etymology.com and find out if we REALLY wanted). They just call them “mince pies” over there now. I actually kind of like the little tiny ones you can buy in the stores there at Christmas time, but anything else . . . someone else can have.

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          Walmart Neighborhood Stores here sell little tiny pies for 88¢. They have peach, apple, cherry, and pumpkin that I know of because I buy those. There are more that don’t appeal to me. I’ll have to pay closer attention next time to see what those other ones actually are.

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  1. elizz

    i don’t like dates either.. my sister who is based in dubai used to come home with so many dates delicacies and preserves. it is too sweet.. it’s like eating sugar..

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  2. laurie27wsmith

    They used to be called fruit mince pies. people obviously equate mince with meat but it’s not the case here. The fruit is cooked. I have been know to sit and eat half a dozen of the little things. Sigh.

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  3. Margarita

    What a clever way to harvest, directly into plastic bags! I don’t like dates either, and I’ve heard date sugar is nutritionally superior to other natural sweeteners. Not good enough to make me try! xoM

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