Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Annabel asked me a while ago what I will miss most about Kuwait. One of the things would be watching the dates changing throughout the year. This week the gardener grafted the sprays of blossom from the male tree onto the females. I think most of the trees in Kuwait are female because the gardeners get the male blossom from the Friday Market where they sell it.
Here is what it looks like on the trees. I watch the dates growing and changing colour all through the spring and summer until September when they change through the beautiful yellow, apricot and rosy red colours until going brown. Then they are very sweet and sticky. They are also eaten in the stage between yellow and brown. I'm told this is considered a delicacy but I didn't like them - they stick to your teeth like an unripe banana, but hey! what do I know!
So here they are in February. They take a long time to ripen but dates prove that good things come to those who wait!