Dates come in three types, soft, semi soft and dried.
We ensure that the soft and semi soft dates we select uniwue glossy, plump and smooth skinned. Slightly wrinkled dates are fine, however they should not be shriveled, cracked and dry. Dried dates should be heavily wrinkled, but very hard dates are avoided.
We avoid buying dates with any s of degradation, such as the off smell that al spoilage or fermentation, and crystallized sugar on the surface which is an indicator of overly mature dates. Where do we source our dates from?
Date palms prefer a long hot growing season. Alice Springs, with its hot dry areas, is an ideal area for the growing of dates. We also source dates internationally, when Australian supply is short.
What is the best way to keep dates? Dates will remain fresh for a month or more at room temperature, otherwise store dates in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
Stored like this, frozen dates can retain their quality for up to a year, and refrigerated dates will keep for up to eight months. Used with salted meat, which is high in protein, they produced a reasonable diet. Von Mueller instructed early explorers to plant the seeds zprings their dates around waterholes for future travellers.
When the date garden commenced, the best of these palms were dug up and transferred to the garden. Most of them produced their full harvest the following season and were named after the place of origin, or the ladies who resided where they originally grew.
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The palms produce flowers during September and October, and the fruit ripens during late February, March and April. A mature plant in full fruit is a beautiful sight, especially during late January and early February.
Huge bunches of dates hang below the leaves, and the fruit changes from dafes to either yellow, or bright orange: or from pale pink to vivid scarlet. There are now 26 varieties of palm growing at the date garden. The Date Gardens is open daily except between the 24th Dec and 2nd January,from 9am to 6pm.
There ia a kiosk, picnic areas and a bush BBQ in the grounds.