If you love fresh dates you will be tantalized every day you drive by the palm trees lining the streets of Fujairah.
The trees are flaunting their heavy bunches of fruit and the dates are linked together in colorful braids.
It’s fascinating to see so many colors—some of the dates are still deep green, others are bright yellow, a neighboring tree might boast fruit that is blood red and still another displays variegated fruit that are moving between one shade and the next.
On the side-of-the-road stalls in Masafi, vendors are already selling the red and yellow crunchy dates for eating.
In the stillness of the morning one catches the waft from the palm trees—the seductive sweet aroma of dates overpowered by the rich odor of fermented or rotten dates that have fallen to the ground.
The dates on this Fujairah calendar indicate that harvest is coming and luscious, fresh dates will be available to break the Ramadan fast.
Dateoholics Not Permitted
See the pictures of colorful dates on palm trees in the same vicinity.
Food for Thought
“How can the eater of dates forbid the eating of dates?” Arab proverb.
Make a date to come to Fujairah for the harvest, Fujairah in Focus, 18 June 2009.
Date fruit wisdom, Experiencing the Emirates, 9 September 2009.
Stop off for ‘the finest dates in all of Arabia’ on your way to Fujairah, Experiencing the Emirates, 6 September 2009.
UAE: Home to 40 million date palm trees [I think this figure is out of date], Experiencing the Emirates, 25 February 2008.
UAE is growing like a date palm, Experiencing the Emirates, 29 November 2007.
Even UAE dates must wear burqas, Experiencing the Emirates, 23 May 2007.
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Image: One of the date palms in the central strip on Moh’d Bin Matar Road, central Fujairah.