I went up highway 101. I was surprised by the long trail of date palms. Clearly not medjool dates, but date palms nonetheless. People commonly make the mistake that dates can be be grown along with other fruits, such as coconuts, but this is an incorrect assumption. Medjool dates and other dates can only be grown in very dry areas. Dates would do much better in places like Fresno and Bakersfield than in places like Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara itself is another story. It was a dilapidated. It looks much like LA. It has a lot of green vegetation and a very different culture where I think you will find more Volvos than anywhere else. It is a special place, a place with a very different culture than other places. Travel further north to SanLuis Obispo and you are faced with yet another culture. It is odd how there is so much diversity when you put a little bit of distance between people.
The weather has been really great for dates in Southern California. Up to 102 in some areas, and it is dry, great for medjool dates and date palms, not so much for those of us without AC. The irony it is more comfortable in the desert where the dates are grown. In the desert you don’t sleep under a medjool date orchard, you sleep in a modern home with air conditioning, probably not so in the middle east, but in the Coachella Valley it is comfortable indoors. In many other areas with older homes there is no AC. Ironic, I rather be in the desert, because 99% of all housing units have good AC systems.
I was watching this movie and I was wondering if Australia has medjool dates or any other type of date. It seems like an ideal place to grow dates. There is a lot of desert in Australia. If there is water to irrigate the dates then clearly they can grow nice date orchards.