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Halawi Dates

Halawi (Halawy) means "sweet" in Arabic, and these are some of the first mature (tamar) dates we pick in September. They have an amber color, with a flavor reminiscent of a caramel, our personal favorite. Great as is, or dabbed in cream cheese, yogurt, or sour cream. Halawis also have a superb flavor for cooking.

Our palms are descended from a palm on the property when we bought it in 1977. That palm is probably descended from palms imported from southern Iraq, then in the Ottoman Empire, to Callifornia by Paul Popenoe in 1913. The fruit keeps well when stored in a cool, dry area, and of course in the fridge or freezer. *Our Seedling Halawi (which we call "Mariana) is similar to a true halawi. We sell most of these in the khalal stage when they begin to ripen in August. ... We began picking the true Halawi 9/8/2013, with lots of rutab (very soft) and softer tamar, 4 lbs. of premium sizes, rutab and tamar, in a flat rate shipping box, @ $20 plus shipping. Our "bargain boxes" have smaller sizes, firmer tamar fruit, like a chewy little caramel, great for pocket food, hiking, biking, for the car or a desk at school or work, cooking recipes included. Our halawis have won many first prize blue ribbons at the National Date Festival in Indio.

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