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Recipe for family meals :

Bacon Wrapped Almond Stuffed Dates

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A Little History on Dates

Dates were cultivated in ancient land from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt, possibly as early as 6000 BC. Then, as now, dates were a staple for the natives of those dry regions. Much later, Arabs spread dates around northern Africa, and dates were introduced into California by the Spaniards in 1765, around Mission San Ignacio.

The date prefers dry, hot climates, because date fruits are injured at temperatures of 20°F, and the damp climate of the California coast was not favorable for fruit production. In the mid-1800s, the date industry developed in California's hot interior valleys and in Arizona. Now the date industry in the United States is localized mostly in the Coachella Valley, where the sandy soils permit the plants to be deeply irrigated. Today the new varieties, mostly introduced in this century, produce about 40 million pounds of dates per annum, or over 60% of the dates consumed in this country. The rest are imported mainly from Persia.


4 ounces blanched whole almonds
1 lb Pitted dates
1 1/2 lb sliced bacon - cut into thirds

  • Press a whole almond into each date.
  • Wrap one piece of bacon around each date and secure with a toothpick.
  • Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Place dates on foil and bake at 400°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until bacon is crisp.
  • Remove to rack or paper towel to drain. Serve warm.

Interesting Facts

Dates have about 1430 calories per pound and for that reason are not recommended for anyone on a diet.

The fruit is a berry with a single large seed, and it takes six to seven months to develop its sugar characteristics.

Raising dates is labor intensive because plants must be climbed six to eight times per year.