Your Loved Ones Will Not Eat Rose Petals
- Your Loved Ones Will Not Eat Rose Petals
"Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger.
There is really nothing to be said about it. It is
like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and
that is all."
- W. Somerset Maugham
On January 14, 2011, the nation of Iran issued an
edict banning the celebration of Valentine's day
in order to prevent the spread of of Western culture.
There is a local gas station which sells
a dozen roses for $7. What must the wholesale
rate be? In a few weeks, florists will be gouging
their prices four to five hundred percent to take
advantage of an American Valentine's day custom
that smells anything like rose bouquets. And you
will pay for something that will turn water rancid
and rot in 72 hours and be soon forgotten.
For the same money, you can give a gift whose
memory will last forever.
Send dates to a friend or loved one instead
of flowers for Valentine's Day, and your
gift will never be forgotten.
I have a friend (Jaime) who grows 50 different
varieties of dates in the Southern California
His phone is: 760-359-3211
"Wet dates" are juicy and moist and will be shipped
to you as Jaime and his family pick them from
organic trees on their date farm.
The best Medjool dates that I can buy in my supermarket
are mere cardboard when compared to Jaime's freshly picked
Medjools, Deglet Noors, and Desert Gems. The Krinkles and
Matooms are a meal in themselves when ordered in a 15-pound
box containing eight different varieties.
The Barhi could not possibly be mass produced or commercially
marketed. They are so very soft, they could not survive months
of warehousing as do traditional supermarket Styrofoam dates.
The word "barhi" must certainly translate in Farsi as "melt-in-
your mouth sweetness."
The Black Plum dates are appropriately named. No wrinkles.
Smooth and firm in your hand, soft interior, a different
kind of sweetness. You might imagine that each has been
injected with the essence of honey taken from bees
gathering nectar from fields of wildflowers.
The Brown Fingerlings look like traditional store-bought
dates. They are wrinkled, but the resemblance ends with
your first bite. A soft chewy texture like caramel
candy with a hint of vanilla.
Finally, the Halawi, my favorites. Each date is a package
of sustenance similar to a sweet, freshly baked whole
grain bread. I lack the words to describe the complexity
Dozens of varieties are available, but I suggest that
you let Jaime make the selection. Do not hesitate. Upon
reading this column, pick up the phone and order immediately.
Note: I neither solicit nor accept payments for items
promoted in Notmilk letters. I do so out of the joy of
sharing magnificent vegan alternatives.