Black Sphinx Dates
Our produce team is fortunate to be able to stock the shelves with Black Sphinx dates from Fresh Arizona Dates. The Black Sphinx is perhaps the rarest date known, and has been recognized by Slow Food USA as a food in danger of extinction. Discovered in the early 1900s in Phoenix AZ, these dates are assumed to have been the result of rogue seedlings in what is now known as the Arcadia Neighborhood. Plump and buttery, these sweet treats have a thinner skin than a Medjool date, and their tenderness reveals a taste reminiscent of vanilla and honey.
The trees that still produce the Black Sphinx fruit have undergone an arduous history, and while a lot of them have been torn down or lost to weather conditions, the ones remaining stand at over 40 feet tall making harvesting and caring for them a complicated process. While the folks at Fresh Arizona Dates are uncertain if future harvests of Black Sphinx dates will be available, 2015 brought them a bountiful harvest; we are lucky to enjoy them.
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