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Turtle chocolates are a favourite of many during the holidays. Since December is a time for indulgence, I wanted to try a healthier version of this sweet treat.
I personally can't imagine living a life that contains absolutely no sweetness; joy and pleasure are a key part of living. Anyone who suggests that total abstinence is the only way is living half a life. We also know that we stick to a healthy eating way of life longer if we can have the odd treat and enjoy our food.
Dates are kind of ugly until you see them up close and yellow hanging in drupes, ripening on the tree. Trees grow about a foot per year and the low, young ones can be picked without any special equipment. After age 60, the trees still bear fruit, but there is no picking machine tall enough to reach. In this grove, the original 6 still stand but are somewhat beautifully out of reach.