Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Phoenix dactylifera

Last week two new vodka infusions were introduced: date and vanilla. Surprisingly date was overall favored by tasters. We decided to proceed with infusing vodka with dates.
Apparently there are no real appetizing photos of dates on the internet. So, I found this photo of dates pre-sun before they get shriveled up and look like a fat raisin. Dates (latin name Phoenix dactylifera) are an important traditional crop in Turkey, Iraq, Arabia and north Africa west to Morocco. Dates are also cultivated in southern California, Arizona and southern Florida in the United States. According to a study, "dates may be considered as an almost ideal food, providing a wide range of essential nutrients and potential health benefits." With that we decided to infuse it in vodka. 

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