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FACT OR FICTION?

Not all dates from date palms are edible.

By Amy Catalano



Many people assume that because we do not regularly eat dates from all of the 14 date palm species, they must not be edible. This, however, is false. All dates can be eaten. The question, however, is: Do you want to eat them?

Eight of the species under the genus Phoenix, the date palm genus, have only a small amount of fruit pulp in relation to the seed, or pit. Therefore, it is not worth the trouble to eat these dates since so little fruit can be gotten from each one. A few of the species produce dates that are used to make wines and other drinks, but only in small quantities.

The most commercially important date palm is Phoenix dactylifera, the “true” date palm. This species produces dates that have a lot of fruit pulp compared to the dates of other species. The “true” date palm dates can be dried and eaten raw. Pitted dates can be chopped up for use in breads, puddings, or other food. Unfortunately, Phoenix dactylifera does not grow on Catalina Island.

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THE ISLAND NATURALIST
Issue #26 / All About Edible Invasive Plants

IN THIS ISSUE...


Killing Them a Meal at a Time
Recipe: Fennel Molasses Cookies
Fact or Fiction?  Not all date palms are edible.
Did You Know …Chicken of the woods is fungus   




Photo by Denise Knapp

The Canary Island date palm, known to science as Phoenix canariensis, is the only date palm that grows on Catalina Island. It is an invasive species.


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