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The Date Milkshake is a tasty culinary creation, which is commonly made in the date-growing region, near Palm Springs, southern California. These shakes may sound strange, but date shakes are fabulous!
In February, Indio California, hosts the annual National Date Festival with its Arabian theme. Of course the specialty of the festival is the date shake.
Decades ago, you could find a lot of places to purchase date shakes in California. Sadly, this is not true today! But don’t worry – just make your own with the recipe below. The date shakes are filling, delicious, and full of calories! This is a shake you eat more than you drink as the shake is very thick. According to California legend, the date shake was invented in the 1930s by a California date farmer.
The first date palm trees in the United States were grown from seeds planted by Franciscan and Jesuit missionaries around 1769 in the San Diego, California. Most of the missions were established along the Pacific coast, where the damp coastal climate is not suitable for producing dates. Because of the coastal climate, only a few of these original date palms are still in existence (as landmarks only).
In 1890, the U.S. Department of Agriculture arranged for 68 offshoots (the suckers that grow out around the base of the tree. Suckers produce fruit identical to that of the parent tree) to be imported from Egypt and Algeria. According to historical records, the Arab growers were very uncooperative and feared competition. Supposedly the shoots had to be smuggled out at night.
Date Shake Recipe – How To Make Date Shakes:
Source: Photo from Orange Coast Magazine.