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September 30, 2019


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What a lovely salad Simona! I too enjoyed hearing of all the plant migrations to America. We do have date palms here, but I've never tried them at that fresh stage and will be looking out for some.


very interesting-sounding book. delicious-looking fruit salad bowl.

Deb in Hawaii

Those dates are so pretty and your fruit salad looks so delicious. Great review too. Such interesting facts. We're lucky to get mangosteen here in Hawaii although I first encountered them in the Philippines. Thanks for joining in and for sharing your salad with Souper Sundays too! ;-)

Simona Carini

Thank you, Claudia :)
I was wondering it you could find some fresh dates there. Different varieties have different amount of astringent tannin, which dictates when they can be eaten, similarly to persimmons.

Simona Carini

Thank you, Paz :)

Simona Carini

The book was so fascinating!
I have never had a mangosteen, Deb, so I will look for it the next time I visit Hawaii: of course, after reading Fairchild's opinion, I am curious. And you are welcome :)


What a lovely salad! I wish I could find fresh dates where I live - maybe it’s time for a road trip to California! The section of the book about the dates struck a chord for me, too. My husband and I went on our first road trip from New Mexico to San Diego and stopped at a date farm on the way - the date milkshakes have always stayed in my memory.

Wendy Klik

I have never had fresh dates. I don't think I've ever seen them in any of the markets around here but, then again, I have never looked. I'm keeping my eyes open so that I can make this lovely salad.


The book sounds like an interesting read! Thanks for the review and the lovely unique fruit salad. Fresh dates are hard to find, especially on the East Coast. I was looking for some last week for the Jewish New Year where it is traditional to eat a New Fruit at the dinner table for the New Year. We like to find fresh dates- we finally found some, but they were not ripe for the holiday!

Simona Carini

Dates from the farmer or at the farm are definitely a treat, Ali. A road trip to California sounds like a nice idea, any time of the year :)

Simona Carini

I hope you find some fresh dates, Wendy, and get to taste them :)

Simona Carini

It is, Judee: it offers a historical perspectives on some of the foods available in this country. I often read that a certain food originated elsewhere, but not often do I learn how it got adopted by both farmers and the public at large. Mine also took longer than expected and I almost did not make the deadline for the post. Now they are ripening and I get to eat a couple a day: what a treat :)

Debra Eliotseats

I learned a lot from the book as well and I also learned a lot from your post! I know I can't find the exotic fruit that you have available to you at the FM, but I am going to experiment with what I can find and use your dressing idea!

Simona Carini

Thank you, Debra. The story of how palm dates came to be grown in Southern California is fascinating. I hope you can at least find different types of dates to taste :)

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