Are you ready to learn everything there is to know about dates? Hopefully so because I recently had the pleasure of attending the Natural Delights Medjool Date Summit in Yuma, Arizona and I’m beyond excited to share all that I learned.
First off, I’m sure you are well aware that I LOVE dates. I’ll eat them plain or stuffed with nut butter as a snack, but I also use them in recipes all.the.time. A couple examples: Berry Almond Kale Granola, Raw Apple Pie Filling and these Pumpkin Pie Larabar Balls.
With that said, before traveling out to Yuma to visit the beautiful date gardens, meet the Medjool date growers and harvest fresh dates I was pretty ignorant about the growing process and didn’t know much about where dates came from. I just knew that they were natural, healthy and tasted like caramel. I’m not sure if it’s possible to love them anymore than I already did, but I definitely have a greater appreciation now that I’ve seen the whole process from date palm to package.
I learned a ton on the trip but in an effort to keep this post manageable I’m going to share some of the points that I thought were most interesting…