We are open daily 7am to 9pm
July 24, 2021
Dates are yet another item you might not have expected to find in your CSA box from you favorite produce farm in Phoenix, Arizona. Date trees (which look like palm trees) were initially imported into Arizona from the Middle East in the early 1900s. When sugar rationing had began during World War II, dates grew in popularity as a sugar alternative.
According to the Phoenix New Times, “Today, Yuma produces 10 million pounds of dates a year. The industry creates hundreds of jobs (as the date farming process can’t be automated) and accounts for some $30 to $35 million in yearly business.”
As nature’s candy, dates are another superfood full of fiber and potassium. The fiber in dates can help control blood sugar by slowing digestion and preventing blood sugar spikes. Dates are also part of the stone-fruit family. Like peaches, they can help keep you regular (if you know what I mean!).
Amadio Ranch sells a few different varieties of dates throughout the year. It is your lucky day if you stop bt the farm stand and see these natural sweet treats sitting in the cooler. If you haven't tired dates before, try this oatmeal cooking recipe using dates instead of sugar. I promise you won't even notice you are eating a healthier version of this classic cookie!