Rancho Meladuco is located in Coachella Valley, CA, not far from Palm Springs. These organic Medjool dates are sun-ripened, hand-picked, and packed for a superior eating experience. In addition to dates’ naturally delicious taste— sweet with caramel and brown sugar notes—as well as a candy-like soft, chewy texture, they are also a nutrient-dense superfood full of potassium and other important minerals and nutrients like iron, magnesium, selenium, and more. They have been hailed as "The World's Best Dates" by Bon Appétit magazine. Just one bite and you'll taste why!
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Did you know you that date seeds can be ground into gluten-free date flour, be used for livestock feed, or roasted and used like coffee beans?
These dates are shelf stable; however, to extend their shelf life, please refrigerate as needed.
Why We Love These Dates
The health benefits of dates are plentiful as are the types of diets that consistently highlight them in trending recipes. But that's not why we are so excited about the arrival of Sun-Ripened California Dates from Rancho Meladuco Date Farm. Simply said, these dates are amazing. Plump and packed with natural sweetness, just snacking on a few feels like a sweet luxury—you almost forget that they are rich in antioxidants and high in fiber to support gut health.
You may have heard of these dates grown in the Coachella Valley. Featured by The Wall Street Journal, Oprah's "O" List, and Food & Wine to name a few, these dates are the dates to try or send as a gift. So when the opportunity came to bring them to Dorothy Lane Market, both in stores and online, we didn't hesitate. "Ever since my first bite, I have been obsessed. These plump and juicy dates are like a healthy, luscious caramel that simply melts in your mouth. I'm also smitten by their story," says Jennifer Mayne, DLM E-Commerce Product Manager, who first tried them on a food tour in Southern California.
Rancho Meladuco founder Joan Smith started with just four date trees that had been on the family's ranch for decades. But in 2015, the home cook, gardener, and mom of three decided to take it the next level. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Joan tells how she went to work gathering offshoots and over the years the collection of date trees has grown to cover 3+ acres thanks to patience and a cultivation of newfound knowledge and support from her local farming community. We are thrilled to offer them to you both in our Produce department and as a gourmet gift that ships via DorothyLane.com.
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