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Medjool Dates

The Medjool date is a Queen among dates, one of the largest (2-3 bites, 17-20 to the pound), and one of the sweetest of all our fruit... Medjools also have a softer texture than most. Easy to prepare, a plate of halved dates stuffed with a nut or cream cheese makes an elegant addition to the desert table.

Our 2013 harvest began 9/10/, mostly softer fruit, with some damage from August Monsoon rains. Our 2-lb. boxes have softer and medium fruit, premium sizes; our 6- and 15-lb. bargain boxes have firmer fruit, smaller sizes, best buy for baking and uses in cooking and smoothies. Of 3,000 varieties of dates grown world-wide, Medjools are one of the most desirable, because of large size, soft fruit texture, flavor, and beauty.

All medjool palms in the U.S. originate from a single palm from the Bou Denib oasis of the Tafilalet area of Morocco. The variety had become famous in Europe by the 17th Century, but Bayoud disease, caused by a soil fungus, wiped out most of these palms in their native land during the late 19th Century. Walter Swingle of Indio found the disease-free palm on a visit to Bou Denib in 1927, and purchased 11 off-shoots, which the USDA had fumigated and planted in quarantine in Nevada until 1936, by which time 73 shoots (granddaughters of the original palm) were deemed disease free. We began planting our Medjool offshoots in 1987, organically grown since then...

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