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As promised here´s how to prepare delicious dates ready for Christmas. You can eat them straight off the tree. However, as parrots and all sorts of undesirable rodents also like dates it is best to pick them when they are still orange. Also, should it rain heavily the dates can be ruined overnight. Once you´ve ¨shimiedup¨ the palm tree (rather you than me!) you can use a sort of metal rake to remove the dates from the branches. Once you have sorted them, checking for chewed or split ones, place them in a tub and cover with white wine vinegar. Tuck them in snugly with a plastic sheet and leave them for 48 hours to mature. Once they have been thoroughly rinsed leave them to dry on a wicker tray and then you can happily freeze them ready for Christmas. If you prefer you can leave dates to dehydrate naturally; a sugary coat forms on them and they were traditionally stored for up to a year when freezing wasn´t an option. Dates are full of fibre, vitamin B and disease protecting antioxidants and have been proven to help maintain brain health. I also believe that , given the hardiness of the date palm; it grows readily in arid conditions and has survived as a species for over 50 million years; it could prove a solution for feeding people in countries which suffer from drought. A crop for the future? Rustic Escapes and our REA Foundation are interested in all things rural and in preserving agricultural traditions. Don´t miss our Rustic Escape´s Vlog ´The Datepickers` . Out today on our You tube channel!

Como prometí os acompaño el proceso para recoger y madurar tus propios dátiles. Se pueden comer desde el árbol pero para protegerlos de un sinfín de roedores y para que la lluvia no les estropea es preferible subir a por ellos. Primero sube a la palmera. !Mejor tú que yo! Al bajarlos puedes utilizar un aparato estilo rastrillo para quitarlos de las ramas. A continuación se quitan los dátiles desperfectos y se cubren de vinagre de vino blanco . Tápalos bien calentitos en un recipiente. Déjalos 48 horas para luego sacarlos en una cesta de mimbre y dejarlos para que maduren. A continuación se pueden congelar. Se pueden dejar deshidratar de forma natural y en ese caso una capa de azucar se forma en el exterior de cada dátil. Así se preservan hasta un año y la deshidratación fue la forma tradicional de preservarlos antes de tener congeladores. Los dátiles están repletos de fibra, vitamina B y antioxidantes que nos pretegen de todo tipo de enfermedades, Ha sido demostrado tambien que los dátiles ayudan a manterner la salud cerebral. Pienso tambien que, ya que son tan resistentes en tierras áridas (llevan más de 50 millones de años en la tierra) podrán ofrecernos una solución para dar de comer a la gente que viven en paises que sufren de permanente sequía. En Rustic Escapes y nuestra Fundación REA nos apasiona a todo lo rural y natural y en particular a la agricultura tradicional. No pierdas nuestra Vlog sobre ¨Los Datileros¨. Sale hoy!

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  • Gino Salguero

    Thank you, Maren, send us an email so we can keep in touch!

    18 May, 2021 at 11:08 am
  • Gino Salguero

    I’m so glad you liked it.

    Check out our vlog where we go into more detail. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsBLUQErVBc

    18 May, 2021 at 8:10 am
  • Gino Salguero

    Thank you so much! If you are interested check out our vlogs on rustic escapes on youtube! If you would like to be a part of the REA Foundation please get in touch!

    18 May, 2021 at 7:51 am
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