The date season in Bahrain is all but over but we still have a smattering of them ripening on trees around the Island. It is not uncommon to see people plucking dates now and then but most of the time, since there are so many, these just rot on the trees.
However, this gentleman seems in no mood to let those on this tree in his compound meet a similar fate, never mind the precarious situation he is in, balancing on a rather unstable chair.
I was at a traffic light on the King Faisal Highway when I took this picture just because I wanted to see how he would fare. I had half a mind to tell him to be careful but before that could happen, traffic moved on. I am sure, however, he made it down safely.
Dates have been a staple food of the Middle East for thousands of years. They are believed to have originated around the Arabian Gulf, and have been cultivated since ancient times from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt, possibly as early as 4000 BC. There is archaeological evidence of date cultivation in eastern Arabia in 6000 BC.
In later times, Arabs spread dates around South and South East Asia, northern Africa, Spain and Italy. Dates were introduced into Mexico and California by the Spaniards by 1765, around Mission San Ignacio.
Bahrain through the ages, has been known as the country of one million Palms. Its dates are a high-quality dates, and delicious to taste.