FOOD & DRINK
03/12/2015 07:01 am ET Updated Mar 12, 2015

So How Exactly Do Dates Grow, Anyway?

Of all the dried fruit options at the grocery store, dates rank amongst the least popular of the bunch. They don't have the cute California Raisin character to make them likable, nor do they have a catchy name like Craisins. What they do have is a mildly bad reputation for being just as common -- and unwelcome -- as fruit cake at Christmas time. It's too bad because dates are responsible for making some truly delicious recipes, most of them desserts.

On our quest to bring dates back into the public's favor, we got to thinking about where dates come from. For those of you who have never given any thought to this fruit's origin, the answer may surprise you. But even more remarkable is the amount of work -- and the serious need to overcome one's fear of heights -- required for the harvest of dates. These palms grow tall, and they take their fruit with them.

For those who are naive about the date, we're going to break it down -- with photos to boot:

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How Do Dates Grow

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