The Black Laflin is a creamy, moist, and firm date. This organic date fruit has little to no skin separation and is jet black in color, with a hint of sweetness. A one of a kind visual and taste experience. These fresh dates are California grown!
Oasis Date Gardens was established in 1912 by Ben and Lucy Laflin. Ben Laflin, an Illinois farm boy who attended the University of California at Berkeley, moved to Thermal in 1912 at the height of the great date boom. Oasis Date Gardens was handed down to Ben Jr. and his wife, Pat, both graduates of the University of California at Berkeley. Ben Jr., with a Masters in Plant Pathology, had become renowned as one of a select few of the world's most knowledgeable palm plant pathologists and consultants on date palms from California to the Middle East and Africa. Pat Laflin had taken Oasis Date Gardens from a domestic farming operation to a worldwide marketer of premium quality dates. Ben and Pat have since retired.
The Laflins initially planted several date varieties, including the Black Laflin Date. In the mid-1940s, though, they found the date that would become their primary product: the King Medjool. The plump, rich "Cadillac of dates", the King Medjool is native to Morocco, but the Medjool trees there were almost eradicated by disease in the early 1900s. In 1927, Walter Swingle, a horticulturist with the USDA, came upon the last stand of healthy king Medjool palms in the Sahara and, with the blessing of the head sheik of the area, shipped 11 of their offshoots to America. They underwent quarantine and propagation, and 15 years later Laflin received one of the first allotments. The offshoots thrived in this soil, and when he sampled the fruit six years later, the luscious flavor and texture hooked him immediately. Ben’s favorite line was "A well-kept date garden is a majestic sight."
Oasis Date Gardens was acquired in 1997, by the Nielsen and Freimuth families who specialized in the growing of Organically Certified Medjool Dates for 15 years.
Today, Oasis Date Gardens is a 175-acre producing date ranch, home of the superb King Medjool Date and many other interesting and delicious date varieties. Oasis Date Gardens was purchased by Woodspur Farms in 2014.
This date palm tree fruit variety is grown in the Coachella Valley, USA, certified organic, and has all the health benefits of dates:
Black Laflin dates are harvested in the ripe stage, Tamr.