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Wednesday, January 18, 2012


DATE NIRVANA--Don't you just love coming late into a conversation, especially when the first words you hear are "airborne insemination"...hmmm? My early career background was editor of PSA inflight magazines so my imagination took over until I listened more closely. During a visit with friends in Palm Desert, the conversation at the other end of the table concerned the annual Indio Date Festival (Feb. 17-26) plus how tasty the dates were at the Shields Date Garden (read farm) located just outside of Indio, CA.

It turned out, airborne insemination was part of a PR presentation on how date palms breed. A 15-minute film on the sex life of a date is shown daily in the Shields Date Garden theatre. Before you yawn or blanch with too much information, please note that the ageless palm's sex life has harem like overtones. For example, over the past 6,000 years or so, the average male palm tree is responsible for pollinating 100 or so female palms. Yes, on the seventh day he rested. That's where airborne insemination came in. No more need be said, but if you insist on pursue this go to a handy You Tube presentation:
(if this doesn’t readily link up then copy and place in your search engine.

Gee Whiz factoid: California’s Coachella Valley produces 30 million pounds of dates per year or about 95% of edible date crops in U.S.

Shield's Date Garden Store
80-225 U.S. Highway 111
Indio, CA 92201-6599
Phone: 760-347-7768 or mail order 800-414-2555
Hours: 9am to 5pm Daily.
Order Desk: 8am to 5pm PST Monday thru Friday.
Orders placed after 10am PST will ship the next day.

Indio, CA has been home to the National Date Festival & County Fair for more than 60 years, it’s a week long of crazy fun with live entertainment including camel and ostrich races and a nightly Arabian Nights musical pageant. There’s also a carnival, food of all varieties and lots of shopping, 760 863-8247,

Images: Wikimedia Commons.

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