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Obscure essentials in the history of date production

Date Palms of Furnace Creek Ranch &
China Ranch in Inyo County, California

Dennis V. Johnson, Jane C. MacKnight and Scott Zona

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The Inn at Furnace Creek

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september & october 2016

n the 16th century, the Spanish
introduced the date palm into modern Latin
America in the form of seeds. Early informal cultivation
palm, grown from seed, took place in the Caribbean, an
Mexico (Johnson 2010). Trees propagated by seed are k
first New World introductions of offshoots of desirab
United States, originating from North Africa and t
ended in 1929, and those date palms formed the
fruit gardener