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Old 07-09-2001, 04:28 AM   #1
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Post Dates in the Bible

Did they eat them? They are seldom mentioned.
Old 07-09-2001, 04:50 PM   #2
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Phoenix dactylifera
Family: Palmae/Arecaceae (palm family)
Common Names: date palm

Phoenix dactylifera is the "true" date palm from which the tasty fruit is obtained. The date palm is a suckering palm that is usually pruned to have only one trunk. Trimmed in this manner the tree will grow to heights of 100 feet. The broad gray trunk is patterned with diamond-shaped leaf scars and is up to 16 inches in diameter. Large (18-20 feet long by 2 feet wide) greenish or bluish-gray pinnate leaves form a bushy canopy up to 40 feet wide. The leaves a composed of 1-2 foot long leaflets that are arranged in V-shape ranks the length of the leafstem. Leaflets near the base are modified into 3-4 inch spines.

The yellow-orange to red fruit, called 'dates', are oblong and about 1.5 inches in length. They consist of a large pointed seed surrounded by sweet sugary flesh. Dates are formed from flowers on 4 foot infloresences that emerge from among the leaves in spring. Male and female flowers grow on separate plants. Only female plants produce dates and only if a male tree is nearby. Dates are not formed in climates that are too cool. In Florida's humid tropical climate, the sugars in the dates ferment and the fruit drops before ripening.

Oft mentioned in the bible, rendered on Egyptian tomb walls, and extensively used to spiff up Las Vegas hotels, this is a plant with a long and fascinating role in humankind's history. And, oh yeah, dates taste great too - a great Christmas time treat is dates stuffed with cream cheese and raw almonds - yum!

Yes they eat them regularly.

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Old 07-10-2001, 01:21 AM   #3
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Stone your date and stuff it with flaked roasted almonds. Wrap in bacon (so this isn't really suitable for Moslems or Jews) and secure with a cocktail stick. Roast in a baking tray until bacon cooked as you like it.

Eat while hot.
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Originally posted by Bede:
Stone your date and stuff it with flaked roasted almonds.
... and say "I'll pnone you sometime...maybe" - comes from Bede's book entitled 101 ways to end a blind date.

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Originally posted by Bede:
<STRONG>Stone your date....</STRONG>
How very old testament.
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