Large Medjool Organic Dates - 5 Lbs., 11 Lbs.
THE MEDJOOL DATE has often been referred to as the “perfect date.” A relatively recent importation, the Medjool got its start in the United States from a nucleus of eleven offshoots, secured in 1927 from the Bou Denib oasis in French Morocco by Dr. Walter T. Swingle of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture. Once one of the choicest dates in the Mediterranean area, it has now all but disappeared from their market due to the ravages of the dread Baioudh disease. It had been especially prized in Spain and, for centuries after the Arab occupation,
Spaniards sent carefully packed boxes of Medjools to their friends as Christmas gifts. But for Dr. Swingle’s timely importation, the Medjool might have been lost to the world forever. The offshoots, which he brought to the U.S., were thought to be disease free, but were nonetheless
planted for a number of years in an isolated quarantine station at South Point, Nevada, and later moved to the U.S. Government Experiment Station at Indio. So, from this small start the entire supply of Medjool palms in this country was developed. You will understand therefore
that it really is a very special variety. Besides being large and beautiful, the quality is excellent - it is soft and delicious and it ships and keeps well. The LARGE variety is smaller than the Jumbo.