Dates are a big thing here, and this is the season to harvest them. All over town in people's yards, on the side of the road, almost anywhere, you'll see date palms with bushels of dates hanging in them. Bags are tied around mature bushels so that the fruit can continue to grow and mature without interference from weather and animals. Then, when they're ready, workers come around and pick the bushels. The dates then continue to riped after they're picked and become more concentrated and pruned, like we're ussed to seeing in the store.