How to Eat Queen Palm Dates

If you live in or have visited a tropical region of the world, there's a good chance that you've seen a queen palm tree. While these trees are a native of Brazil, their low height and beautiful appearance has made them a common decorative tree in places such as Florida and California. But a queen palm is not just eye candy, for these trees also offer a delicious fruit that is completely edible.

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Locate queen palm dates on your queen palm tree. They grow in bunches and have a similar shape to grapes. They are initially green, but turn orange as they ripen. Fill up your bowl with orange queen palm dates (see Reference 2).

Rinse the queen palm dates under water for 10 seconds.

Sit at a table with your bowl of queen palm dates, three or four napkins, and an empty bowl.

Eat each date slowly. Do not eat the nuts inside of the fruit. Spit these into your empty bowl. The texture of each date is quite fibrous, so expect to chew each date longer than you would chew most fruits (see Reference 2).

Clean your hands on a napkin as you eat the dates. They are very sticky, especially if they are very ripe, and can create a mess if not eaten over a table with napkins.

Wash your hands when you are finished.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can store green, unripe queen palm dates in your refrigerator until they ripen and turn orange.
  • Do not pick fruit from a tree that is not on your property without permission from the landowner.

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