I’d never heard of a date shake before I arrived in Palm Springs, and, boy, am I in love. The secret is to use sweet, soft dates like medjool or khadrawy. You can also make a smoothie by substituting the ice cream with ice cubes.
ON MY FIRST visit to the Palm Springs farmers market, I came across a date seller who had the most amazingly plump dates I have ever seen. One bite and I was in love. A few weeks later, I visited their farm: 7 Hot Dates run by the Bautista family outside Palm Springs.
I had no idea how much work goes into growing dates. From hand pollinating, removing thorns, climbing up and down ladders, adding nets so the birds don’t eat the fruit: it’s not just picking dates. But when it is time for picking, it’s done in August, the hottest month of the year, when the temperature can be 120oF. They grow seven types of organic dates, and they ship to all over the U.S. and Canada. Find out more at7HotDates.com.
MAKES 1 LARGE SHAKE
3 to 4 large sweet, soft, pitted, dates
2 large scoops vanilla ice cream
1 cup milk
- Place all the ingredients in a blender, or in a jar or bowl to use with an immersion blender.
- Purée until you have a smooth shake.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy.
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