Our foreman is holding a small “bunch” of dates that has been cut down from the tree. Notice the thickness of the main stalk. This picture was taken early last August, before the dates had ripened.
A bunch of dates just prior to the date harvest.
Around the beginning of August, the Midol Dates are covered with a white muslin bag to protect the dates from birds and insects. The bags also help to catch any dates that ripen prior to the beginning of the date harvest.
Because each bunch is quite heavy, the fronds below the date bunches are positioned to help hold the weight of the dates.