Date with the dates #3 : the Khadrawi

Welcome back to Date with the Dates, our informative series of the different types of dates grown here at Peace Wadi. Today we will explore the Khadrawi variety.

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This type of dates comes from Iraq. Khadrawi dates are medium size fruits with medium sweetness and cannot be eaten before it’s either Rotob stage (half ripe stage) or Tamar stage (ripe stage). It has a very much “toffee” flavour and butterscratch texture. That makes them ideal for making excellent date paste to cook different home sweets. It is also very good for dates molasses and syrup. Khadrawi dates are an excellent source of dietary fiber, folic acid, iron, potassium, protein and B-vitamins.

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Their thin papery skin has a tendency to dry out, so keep them tightly wrapped and refrigerated in an airtight container.

In the farm, we have around 30 Khadrawi dates trees. We currently sell the first rotob Khadrawi of the season freshly picked. They are so creamy and delicious, we are waiting for you !

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A 24-hour trip to Jerusalem

20638248_1086734421456815_3086235815636156224_n.jpgWhile helping at the farm selling dates, we thought of the idea of visiting Jerusalem. It seemed like an interesting trip, but we had little time left. When would we go? Tomorrow morning? Or why not today! Mohammad felt like a trip across the border as well, so together we took off that evening packed and ready for border and sightseeing adventures.

Our 5-hour journey, during which we also had dinner in Jericho, went smooth. Crossing the borders with their many security checks can be a lengthy task, but we were prepared well and no elaborate interrogations were necessary. After we arrived in Ramallah, Palestine, we did a quick walk around and had some great ice cream. We slept at the ‘Hostel in Ramallah’, which was a nice place with friendly people, a roof terrace with a view on the city and a good breakfast of pita’s with zaatar or marmalade. During breakfast we met a girl who traveled both Israel and Palestine elaborately, who told us about the different perspectives on the conflict.

After this introduction, we were ready to get into the field. The bus took us to Jerusalem in about an hour, so at 11 we could start exploring the city. We entered through Jaffa gate, where we found a nice tourist office and picked up a map. We found our way through the different quarters and visited the western/wailing wall and Temple mount. We experienced the Temple mount as a relaxing and peaceful public place, and were impressed by the way in which it facilitated both tourism and religion. Furthermore, we followed Via Dolorosa, visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and ended with some tasty Shawerma.

Around 17.30 we left through Damascus gate and found our way back to Jordan via Bethany and Jericho, as at non-Jordanians we had to be at the King Hussein bridge before 22.00. At 22.30 we were back at the farm after a full, but beautiful day. Hamdulillah.

Groetjes,
Cindy & Elena from the Netherlands

Spa Adventure in the Dead Sea

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The unofficial “Spa Adventure Tour” is one of several activities you can do during your free time if you volunteer at Peace Wadi . Mohammad took us few hours before the sunset to the Canyon in which we hiked through the source and got a bath in the hot mineral water of the valley. We could have a natural massage thanks to the strong waterfalls. We didn’t see any foreign tourists in the area, but there were lots of Jordanians from Amman looking to unwind in the water. It’s a nice way to have an authentic experience. We could meet and take pictures with Jordanian people, but above all, we were so glad to see the beauty of nature.

 

After this relaxing time, we moved to salt water and drove to the Dead Sea, which was right across the road. We found a deserted place where it seemed as if no humans had walked before. We had to hike a few minutes through the sand before reaching the sea. As the ground got more and more muddy, we knew that our target was getting close. Finally our feet touched the water as we watched the beautiful sunset over Palestine. We didn’t wait to rub the famous mud all over our bodies before we tried to swim in the salty water of the Dead Sea.

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The longer you keep the mud on yourself, the more you benefit from its health benefits. Plus it makes for a nice memory; and all of this for free! After applying a few mud masks and floating in the salty water, we ended our trip at a restaurant eating Jordanian Shawarma and Kebab.

It was an amazing day, all thanks to Mohammad!

Jonna, Elena, Cindy, Bryant and Yael (volunteers from Netherlands, USA and France).

D-10 before The Perseid Night at Peace Wadi

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Peace Wadi will organize the Perseid Night on the 12th of August. We will celebrate the peak of Perseid meteor shower, the debris of the Comet Swift-Tuttle that crosses our solar system every 2000 years.

Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object known that passes by Earth, as it is 26 km (16 miles) wide. It passed around the sun in 1992 and we are able to see its debris falling into the atmosphere burning up in a bright burst of light. Those pieces of comets are travelling at around 59 km/s (37 miles/s). and there average size is the size of a grain of sand…

You can observe it from anywhere on Earth from 8/4 to 8/17, and its peak takes place on the might between 8/12 and 8/13. Make sure to bring something comfortable to sit on and wait 30 minutes before your eyes adjust to the dark. Then you are ready to see the magic of Nature.

If you are around Peace Wadi on that night, come with your friends and enjoy our beautiful spot 😉