From the other book that I am currently reading, Food From the Radical Center, I am enjoying all of the fantastic stories about community, individual, and large-scale cooperative efforts to save tasty local foods.
I particularly love the story about the black sphinx dates, because I love eating dates so so much and that I've been in urban environments and feel just how important it is to get more food (especially locally and regionally well-adapted plants and animals) in the suburban and urban areas.
Richard Malone wrote:"Our community was brought together by the dates in a time when the easternmost city limit of Phoenix was 32nd Street and Indian School Road," Malone said. "It is almost like living in a vineyard as the trees identify and give 'place' to the neighborhood."
They are said to taste amazing! And geeze... I really want them! They sound amazing!
John Wake wrote:For example, Black Sphinx dates have an amazing creamy, melt in your mouth texture. They are a true gourmet experience that shouldn’t be missed.
John Wake wrote:They originated in Phoenix that we know for sure... but not much more. One likely legend is that they originated from a rogue date that had fallen from a tree and taken root. Date seeds have a mother and a father so each date seed in genetically unique.
The Black Sphinx Dates have a strong local bond to the Pheonix, AZ area.
John Wake wrote:In this particular case, the area had to be unattended for quite a while because it would take a few years before the rogue palm would be old enough to produce fruit. Eventually, someone discovered the amazing fruit, took offshoots and planted them and Black Sphinx dates slowly became a local delicacy.
Black Sphinx Date Palms in Phoenix, AZ
From the video description:
"My fellow Uzbek-studying and produce-appreciating friend Skaidra shares with us the story behind them."