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The date is one of the oldest cultured tree crops, with records showing that in Mesopotamia, it was cultivated more than 5,000 years ago. This valuable food helped sustain desert peoples and nomadic wanderers of the Middle East and North Africa. The date was introduced to the western hemisphere by Spanish missionaries, who planted date seeds around the missions in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. A few of the original palms or their off shoots are still found in Southern California and Mexico.

The Medjool originates in Morocco. It was introduced into the United States in 1927; the eleven original shoots were placed in quarantine for seven years in Needles California. Nine plants survived, and in 1935 they were located to Southern California. Twenty-four off shoots of those original trees were planted in the Bard Valley, in 1944, by Stanley Dillman, date pioneer in the region.

The Medjool is the only variety of date that is picked fresh and eaten fresh. Medjool, because they are fresh, are the most labor-intensive date to grow and harvest. In 1972 Mr. Isabel Nunez also a Medjool date pioneer in the Bard Valley purchased his first Medjool Date Farm. While under his care and hard work Imperial Date Gardens grew to be the biggest Medjool date farm in the world. In 2022 Yumi Date Company purchased the Medjool date fields from Imperial Date Gardens. Yumi Dates is looking to the future to be the leader and the beacon of Medjool date industry.

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