Phoenix dactylifera (date, or date palm) is a palm in the genus Phoenix, cultivated for its edible sweet fruit. Although its place of origin is unknown because of long cultivation, it probably originated from lands around Iraq. It grows 70–75 feet (21–23 m) in height, growing singly or forming a clump with several stems from a single root system. The leaves are 4–6 metres (13.1–19.7 ft) long, with spines on the petiole, and pinnate, with about 150 leaflets; the leaflets are 30 cm (12 in) long and 2 cm (0.79 in) wide. The full span of the crown ranges from 6–10 m (20–33 ft). Dates contain 20–70 calories each, depending on size and variety.
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I never miss a jumble sale and here in Norway there are a multitude of them in spring and autumn, usually held at schools and the earnings go to the school’s bras band. What I look for is as you might have guessed old cook books and recipe collections. This recipe comes from such a collection and it was sent to Better Homes & Gardens Magazine by Mrs. E. A. Bedell from Fort Belvoir in Virginia sometimes in 1949.