My title today does not refer to the high school prom queen or the George Clooney’s of the world. It refers to this regal date palm that I spotted in one of the historic neighborhoods near where I live. Did you know that dates are thought to be the oldest food producing plant? The Sumerians were cultivating the date palm in 5000BC.
There are hundreds of varieties of dates all with different names and I have no idea which variety is pictured here. I did however learn that the date palm is native to the area now known as Iraq and today Iraq still produces 80% of the world’s dates. The plants like hot and dry climates but they do require water. That’s why they are romantically associated with oases. They grow in places that have some type of water source.
When I was doing my research I read a great line about date palms. “Like a duck, date palms like to have their feet in water and their heads in the sun.”