Black Sphinx Date
The Black Sphinx is a distinctive variety of date discovered as a rogue seedling in Phoenix, Arizona in 1928. It is most likely the result of a genetically unique seed that fell from an established Havani date tree. Once discovered, it became very popular and a grove was established in what is now the Arcadia neighborhood in Phoenix. Unlike the more ubiquitous Medjool date, the Black Sphinx is plump and tender with a very thin, dark mahogany colored skin. It melts in the mouth leaving behind notes of caramel, vanilla, flowers and honey. Unfortunately, the date is no longer produced on a commercial scale because its thin skin and delicate flesh make it unsuitable for shipment and distribution.
Sphinx Ranch, which was named one of "Arizona's Top Food Suppliers" in 2009, prides itself in its unique gift offerings, which are comprised of local products native to the state of Arizona: dates, fruits, nuts, coffee, honey, jams and jellies, salsa, beer, and wine. (more...)