The Medjool Date is widely considered to be the finest of all date varieties and much larger than other types of date fruit. Medjool dates are sweet, creamy, meaty, and firm in texture.
Medjool dates are packaged in various grades including Jumbo, Large, Premium and Value. Grading is based on weight, size and skin imperfections. All grades of Medjool date fruit are large with superb grades. Jumbo is considered the most premium classification of Medjool Dates. These fresh dates are California grown!
Weight of the date and skin separation are the main characteristic used to determine the grade. Practically uniform in size, color, and ripeness. All Dates contain a minimum of blemishes such as broken skin, skin separation, skin stretch marks (checkering), and scarring.
Jumbo: Biggest in size. Minimal skin separation.
Large: Large size dates but slightly smaller than jumbo. Minimal skin separation.
Premium: Moderate to large size dates. Higher skin separation in comparison to large/jumbo.
Value: Moderate size dates. Noticeable skin separation.
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 eleven offshoots, secured in 1927 from the Boudenib 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, the Medjool Date has now all but disappeared from the Mediterranean market due to the ravages of the dreaded 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.
The Medjool might have been lost to the world forever were if not for Dr. Swingle's timely importation. The offshoots, which he brought to the U.S., were thought to be disease-free and were planted for a number of years in an isolated quarantine station at South Point, Nevada. They were later moved to the U.S. Government Experiment Station in Indio, CA.
So, from this small start the entire supply of Medjool palms in this country was developed. Currently, these dates are grown here at Oasis Date Gardens.
This date palm tree fruit variety is grown in the Coachella Valley, USA, certified organic, and has all the health benefits of dates:
Medjool Dates are harvested in the ripe stage, Tamr.