National Geographic : 1958 Oct
l Female date flowers meet their mates. The gardener holds pollen-bear ing blooms from a male palm (right). Each fertilized cluster produces a bunch of fruit weighing about 20 pounds; a single tree may bear 12 bunches. "We flew from Baghdad to Basra over what looked like an enormous chenille bedspread," reports Jean Shor. "The evenly spaced tufts were the palms that grow 80 percent of the world's dates." 479 Kodachromes by J. Baylor Roberts © N.G .S .