Seed of the Week: Date Palm

We didn't get any guesses last week for the mystery seed. I was hoping that someone would bite into a sweet, dried fruit, pull out the seed and say, "Aha! The mystery seed was a date seed!"

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There are a lot of palm trees growing in the Phoenix metropolitan area of Arizona. One of my favorites is the date palm.

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They have a lovely shape.

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Although Phoenix dactylifera is the scientific name, date palms are probably originally from northern Africa.

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Date Tree photo self-taken for Wikipedia by Balaram Mahalder

There are a number of different cultivars of date palms. The fruit vary somewhat in shape, size, and of course, flavor.

The book, A Seed is Sleepy, by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long, tells about a scientist finding a seed of an extinct date palm that was thousands of years old. When the scientist planted the seed, it grew!

See if you can find a date seed and plant it (just make sure it hasn't been cooked). Let me know if you grow one.

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