The Ranch is fourteen acres of land in Mecca, California, rich from the minerals of an ancient inland sea, with the intense, arid desert climate that imparts a rare gift of nature: date palms that bear glorious, succulent fruit.
The iconic palms grace half of the land. They are thought to be the world's oldest cultivated fruit tree. Majestic and dramatic, their fronds softly filter the pounding sun, and their bountiful clusters of seeds crown the roughly textured trunks.
Just as each date variety is unique in its flavor, texture, and appearance, each variety of date palm is unique also. With careful observation and with practice, the subtle differences present themselves.
At 180 trees, the most abundant variety of date palms at the Ranch is Khadrawy, a palm that produces among the largest harvests. With brown sugar sweetness, gooey goodness, and a low price point, Khadrawys are a go-to variety for new daters and are overwhelmingly popular among Bautista Date devotees.
In addition to the more than 400 producing date palms, many more trees are slowly growing to maturity. Every spring, the family plants new trees.