The date palm is the most enduring symbol of the Sultanate's rich heritage.The hot and humid summer with temperatures climbing to 48 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit) make for some of the finest dates in the Sultanate.
The date palm season usually starts around January, when farmers go about the task of facilitating the fertilisation of the female palm tree. From earliest times, fertilisation has been aided by cutting off the male flower cluster just before the stamens ripen and suspending it among the flowers of the female tree.
By June, the first dates become ripe enough to eat. Locally, there are dozens of different date varieties grown like the Al Khalas,Al Khunaizi,Ash Patash, Al Nagal etc.Some are red before they ripen; others are yellow. Some varieties do not dry well and are best eatenwhen ripe. Fresh dates are better than the dried fruit, especially if they are eaten soon after being picked, because fresh dates do not stay fresh more than a few days, even if placed in the refrigerator. These are some dates that Diya picked from the park.