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Welcome to Our Bard Valley Oasis

Medjool dates demand a very specific set of growing conditions where high heat, low humidity and plentiful water meet. Lucky for you, we found the perfect location within a 150-square-mile radius at the intersection of Arizona, California and Mexico.

Bathed in sunshine and nourished by the Colorado River, Bard Valley is home to America's favorite Medjool date.

A Sweet History

Today, Natural Delights® is distributed around the world and is the nation's #1 Medjool Date brand.

  1. 1944-1986

    In 1944, there remained 9 surviving date palms from the 11 original palms that were transplanted from Morocco to stave off extinction.  Six offshoots from those surviving Medjool palms - now known as the original 6 - were transplanted in Bard Valley, CA,  starting what would become the largest Medjool date growing region in the U.S. 

    Almost all of the Medjool date palms in the southwest U.S. can be traced back to the original 6 offshoots.

    a farmer working on a date tree farm
  2. 1990s

    Over the next decade, new growers joined the association, and existing operations expanded. This growth was both driven by and supported strong demand for Medjool dates from consumers who had come to expect the high quality provided by the industry-leading Bard Valley Date Growers.

    workers on a date farm
  3. 2002

    In 2002, the group opened Datepac to pack  and ship their dates from under one roof to customers all over the world with unified quality and food safety standards.

    a machine processing dates
  4. 2013

    As demand for Medjool dates continued to grow in the U.S. and globally, the Natural Delights® brand was born. The Bard Valley Date Growers now packing under one brand, instead of many, could better talk to shoppers about the benefits of their Medjool dates.

    Natural Delights Pitted Fresh Medjool Dates
  5. Today

    Oh, and the original six?

    They're still going strong, producing more than 200 pounds of dates each year.

    the original six Medjool date palm trees

The Medjool Date Experts

Date tree field

Did You Know?

Date palms are propogated from other dates shoots, not from seeds.

Each Medjool date growing season is a six-month process of meticulous care for our date palms that produces the incredibly plump and flavorful fruit that Natural Delights is known for.

Meet Our Growers

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Gus Nunez

GUS NUÑEZ

Gus Nuñez spent his younger years helping his father, Isabel Nuñez, in the beautiful date gardens where he found his passion. For decades, the Nuñez family has worked to grow Imperial Date Gardens to the largest Medjool producing farm in the US.

Spurred on by the desire to provide opportunities in the community today, Imperial Date Gardens employs thousands of employees every year and produces some of the finest Medjool dates in the world.

Gus Nunez working at a date farm
Dave Nelson

DAVE NELSON

Dave Nelson embodies the character of a dedicated farmer. His passion for Medjool dates, the soil, and the purity of the farming life run deep, going back to his teen years working at a Bard Valley date ranch.

In 1975, using his car as collateral, Dave and his brothers scraped together a down payment for their own date grove. Realizing the power of teamwork, the Nelson Brothers would become founding members of the Bard Valley Date Growers Association.

Dave Nelson in a date tree grove
Dave Mansheim

DAVE MANSHEIM

Owned and operated by the Jessen family, Bard Date Company combines a respect for tradition with a passion for innovation. Taking advantage of the Bard Valley micro-climate extending some 40 miles south along the Colorado river, Dave's innovative approach to farming has resulted in year over year increases in Medjool dates - allowing more consumers than ever to experience this unique fruit.

Dave Mansheim in a date tree grove

Our Sustainability Commitments

100% of our tree trimmings are turned into mulch.
Our ripening facilities are warmed by thermal energy from the sun.
All plastic packaging is made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials.
Drip irrigation is used on over 2,200 acres to conserve water.
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Natural Delights® are 100% glyphosate free.
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