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Community and Cooperative Efforts to Save Tasty Local Foods

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From the other book that I am currently reading, Food From the Radical Center, I am enjoying all of the fantastic stories about community, individual, and large-scale cooperative efforts to save tasty local foods.

I particularly love the story about the black sphinx dates, because I love eating dates so so much and that I've been in urban environments and feel just how important it is to get more food (especially locally and regionally well-adapted plants and animals) in the suburban and urban areas.

As the story goes, Harry Polk led an effort to save these mysterious date palms of Pheonix. The effort of sav[ing] the dates strengthened the Pheonix community a lot:

Richard Malone wrote:"Our community was brought together by the dates in a time when the easternmost city limit of Phoenix was 32nd Street and Indian School Road," Malone said. "It is almost like living in a vineyard as the trees identify and give 'place' to the neighborhood."

And this is a little about why people are doing their best to save the dates - Black Sphinx Dates:

They are said to taste amazing! And geeze... I really want them! They sound amazing!

John Wake wrote:For example, Black Sphinx dates have an amazing creamy, melt in your mouth texture. They are a true gourmet experience that shouldn’t be missed.

They're unique!

John Wake wrote:They originated in Phoenix that we know for sure... but not much more. One likely legend is that they originated from a rogue date that had fallen from a tree and taken root. Date seeds have a mother and a father so each date seed in genetically unique.  

The Black Sphinx Dates have a strong local bond to the Pheonix, AZ area.

John Wake wrote:In this particular case, the area had to be unattended for quite a while because it would take a few years before the rogue palm would be old enough to produce fruit. Eventually, someone discovered the amazing fruit, took offshoots and planted them and Black Sphinx dates slowly became a local delicacy.

Black Sphinx Date Palms in Phoenix, AZ

From the video description:
"My fellow Uzbek-studying and produce-appreciating friend Skaidra shares with us the story behind them."

DATES - Growing & Eating Organic Locally Grown Dates in Phoenix, Arizona

From the video description:
"In this episode of Learn From Jake, Erica and Jake Mace eat Hayani & Black Sphinx Dates!"


What are some other awesome stories about people working to save tasty and yummy local foods, both plants and animals?
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