What comes to mind when you hear about staple foods? Corn, wheat, bread, potatoes, maybe even yams ... ? The list goes on, but regardless of how many items you come up with, dates are not likely to appear on your list. The date palm – the tree which produces the date fruit – has been around for over 50 million years, but has always required a specific climate to grow and provide us with its sweet and healthy delight. If you have Middle-Eastern roots, dates might be familiar enough to you to be called a staple food.