The dates are almost ready

29 Jun, '07
The dates are almost ready

The dates are almost ready, originally uploaded by malyousif.

One of the harbingers of summer; the dates are almost ready to be harvested. Looking forward to having them every day with meals (and at other times too!)

Have a wonderful Friday my friends…

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The yellow ones, my favourite! The sweetest of them all. I miss picking them out of the date trees in our garden and enjoy a few ripe ones while i laze in the pool. I cannot wait to return to Bahrain for the summer 😉

  2. mashtan says:


    Would you send me some??? I will send you some pineapple off the bush.

    They look extra good this year from all the rain.

    Kind Regards

  3. Laurie says:

    Ordinarily, I would be very envious of the dates, but the raspberries just got ripe.

  4. Barry says:

    Man Mahmood, those look absolutely delectable. Dates are the only thing that makes me wish I lived int he desert. I’d have my own palm oasis.

    You have now given me a craving for Medjool dates (the big, dark brown, really soft dates).

    Are those dates more of a firm date, or a soft, candy-like date when you eat them?

  5. mahmood says:

    These are called “Muwaji”, although there is a dispute about them, I’ve heard several names from several people and am still to finally know what they actually are.

    They are – in any case – the first to ripen of the dates and are the harbinger of summer. They are initially eaten by humans as they are the first available, but because their quality is not as good as other varieties (the stone is too big and thick while the flesh is little and thin.) Eventually when the others become available, these are given as fodder to animals.

    As this particular palm is the closest to the bird feeding area (the Frangipani patch as I call it) there is not much left on it! The parakeets love them, green or yellow doesn’t matter, they become their food. That and the bulbuls.

    What we do once they ripen a bit (half-and-half, half of them get soft while the other is hard as you can see) we cut them down, wash them and freeze them so we can give them to the birds in winter; they love us when we do that!

  6. F says:

    The dates on your date tree look amazing.

    My date tree is taking a bit longer to develop. I will look into it.

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  8. mahmood says:

    Thanks Ingrid!

    F, don’t despair, you actually might have a much better variety than what I have pictured. If I had the time, I swear one of the projects I would take up is to document the various palms and their fruit. It is such a shame that there is no ready reference for these beauties.

  9. Barry says:

    Mahmood: oh, they remind me a bit of the fruits from the Canary Island Date palm. They fruit copiously here, but the flesh is very thin while the seed is big. They’re a sort of novelty if you know anything about them. The flavor is exactly like true dates though, and when fully ripe, they are sweet.

  10. A learner of Arabic says:

    So that’s how fresh dates look. I am afraid the only dates I have tasted have been dried ones from Khorramshahr, Iran. 🙁

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