About Rancho Meladuco
Our Date Farm is located in the Coachella Valley, not far from Palm Springs. Rancho Meladuco date farm began with the 4 original trees planted on our ranch decades ago. We shared their delicious fruit with friends and family and were inspired by their wows, oohs and aahs. Our founder, Joan, (a mother of three, home cook, and backyard gardener) decided to expand and begin farming dates. We use traditional farming and harvesting methods, and pack each box by hand. Visit us at the Date Shop in Newport Beach, California.
founder & Date Farmer
Joan Smith is the founder, and date farmer, at Rancho Meladuco. A mother of 3, CPA, and avid cook, foodie, and hobby gardener, Joan began farming dates out of a desire to share the delicious and nutritious fruit from her family farm with everyone.
Never gave dates a second look
I’ve eaten dates here and there since I was a child. I always enjoyed them but never thought there was anything memorable about them. Probably as exciting as raisins, I would have said. My sister gifted my family a box of Rancho Meladuco dates one Christmas. On my first bite I knew that this was how dates were supposed to taste. This must be the dates that my southern Mediterranean ancestors enjoyed for thousands of years. Not the over dried specimens in my supermarket. Now I’m the oddball that gives my friends dates for Christmas.
Best dates ever!!!
THe dates are superb – tasty, rich flavor, tender and fresh. The service is impeccable! I am in love with Rancho Meladuco and their dates!
As good as it gets!
Received these as a gift. I spent time in Kuwait and learned to love great “Home grown” dates. These dates are as good as any I ever had there. Nice to know I can get great dates again.
my chef step-mother has also been enlightened!
My goodness, those dates are so delicious. whatever I ate in the past are a sad facsimile. You have educated my palate and I will never be able to enjoy any but the best. They also sent a beautiful package of seeds to entice the butterflies. I will plant them in the spring.
my 72 year old father has been enlightened!
he writes: “I TRIED DATES FROM TURKEY, IRAN, SAUDI ARABIA, QUATAR, YEMEN, EVEN FROM MOROCCO. I NEVER KNEW SUCH TASTE EVER EXISTED!”
the most amazing gift!
It’s safe to say that until yesterday I had never had a good date.(Except maybe one time
at a party in Miami when I had grilled bacon wrapped dates, but you know… bacon) They’re SOOOO GOOD! Not at all the too-sweet weird
hard bits in trail mix. They actually tasted like real, yummy, really yummy real food!
Best dates on planet earth
Look no further these are the best dates you’ll ever find. I most recently purchased the 5lb grinders and wow they are the plumpest most succulent satisfying date I’ve ever had, taste like caramel.
I could live on these dates forever
I’ve always loved dates, BUT MY OBSESSION is at a whole new level now that I’ve discovered rancho meladuco. It takes serious willpower to keep myself from eating the whole two-pound box in less than a week. I have never tasted dates this fresh, soft, and flavorful; they’re truly incredible. the quick shipping and adorable box are just the icing on the cake. I can’t wait for my next box to get here!
i never leave reviews but
i never leave reviews but WOW. these are fantastic sweet, and amazing texture, i can’t recommend these enough. i literally get them shipped across the country.
these truly are THE BEST dates anyone has ever tried
“Dates are just dates,” I thought when I met the Rancho Meladuco team for the first time at the fancy food show in SF this year. “How different could yours possibly be?” BOY did I learn that day.
I don’t write reviews unless I feel really strongly about something, and let me tell you: I feel some type of way about these dates. You’ll never enjoy a “regular” date again. These blow every other date, and honestly, most any dessert right out of the water. You NEED these dates in your life. I’m thoroughly hooked and fully obsessed.
“Most delicious dates I have ever tasted. Just incredible. All that I have given as gifts were raved about by the recipients. Customer service is also prompt and excellent. Had a question about a gift shipment and received an immediate answer. Will be ordering again! Thank you so much.” – D. Smith
“Received as a gift. These were the most delicious dates I have ever eaten. Moist, sweet and just simply enjoyable to eat.” – D.D.
We love them!
“We received the dates from our daughter-in-law as a gift & we couldn’t have loved them more! They are without a doubt the best, freshest, softest, tastiest & largest dates we have ever seen or tasted! I got on your website to see if you had recipes posted & will certainly try a couple of the recipes I found there. Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for such a high quality product! We love them!” – S. Long
“Absolutely obsessed with your dates, best single thing I ate in 2019” – Alan C.
A wonderful, healthy, natural treat. Presentations are simple and sensible. I can’t thank my friend enough for introducing me to this company and this fabulous treat.
‘Tried your dates two weeks ago, placed an order for gifts and for myself. Got the order last week and already placed another order just now.
Have never liked dates up until now.
W.K. – Arlington, MA
You have gained a customer…
“RECEIVED MY DATES today! Oh what a DELIGHT! …you have SPLENDIDLY PLEASED ME IN ALL REGARDS..PRESENTATION AND PRODUCT! DELIGHTFUL AND DELICIOUS!…YOU HAVE GAINED A CUSTOMER FOR FUTURE DATES.”
EW – Robbinsville, NJ
The Most Amazing
“My dates just arrived and they are the most amazing thing. I have never had a date like this…”
EMJ – Portland Maine
I thought a date was
I thought a date was a date, until I had a Meladuco date : ) Now I Know. I’m ordering more tomorrow! They are the best!
Delicious, best dates I have ever eaten, came across Rancho Meladuco on Instagram, bought 4 lbs. Came well packed within 3 days and they are a treat. Delicious, we have already eaten 2 pounds. Will be ordering more that’s for sure.
Absolutely the best.dates.ever!!!!
Absolutely the best.dates.ever!!!!
Received as a Christmas gift!
Received as a Christmas gift! Best dates I have ever tried!!! So good, I ordered 5 more boxes of their 2lbs. Organic dates . Amazing! Must have!
Yummy and Healthy Snack
Just had my first date with your dates! Yummy and healthy! Also, I dig the packaging and like the recipes and ideas you post on Instagram.
Best Dates Ever!!!!
Ordered the organic medjool dates, have just ordered more. They are wonderful!!!! Soft, chewy, not too sweet, just right!!! Will definitely be back again and again.
Your dates are the best!
I have just ordered my 4th or 5th Box this year…after having suffered through an inferior box that my husband talked me into substituting them with -he said they were the same, only cheaper! They were whatever Costco was selling. They weren’t horrible or anything, but the difference is like night and day- it took me a while to use them up, so now I’m back, and I intend to only buy your dates in the future.
Rancho Meladuco Dates are superior
Rancho Meladuco Dates are superior to any others. The quality and freshness is incomparable to what you buy at farmers markets and Whole Foods. I had heard lovely things about this small farm but when the box arrived, the personalized touch of the packaging , a handwritten note and recipe card made the purchase all the more special. I shared them with my coworkers, some of which were not a fan of dates. Once they popped these soft, Caramel tasting gems in their mouth, there was silence and awe on how amazing these dates were. Thank you Joan for the lovely care and attention to detail. I am obsessed and gifting friends and family .
San Diego, Ca
The Beat Dates I’ve Ever Had
I have been buying my dates from Whole Foods for the past year. I didn’t know what I was missing until I ordered from Rancho Meladuco. These dates are the softest, freshest, most flavorful dates I’ve ever had. I was also very happy to have the option of purchasing ‘organic’ dates. I already ordered 3 boxes and will be ordering more very soon. They’re delicious at room temp or frozen. I also love them with some peanut butter and cacao nibs. You won’t be disappointed with these delicious dates.
They taste good poolside in Miami!
Got these as a gift in Miami – Had them with mediteranian food, these dates are better than ice cream!
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For your friend who buys all of their produce at their local farmer’s market, these plump and juicy medjool dates are hand-picked and hand-packed in the Coachella Valley.
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Hands down the best dates you’ll ever taste
A Product that will Knock your Culinary Socks Off
These dates were not like the tough, chewy, dry variety that I was accustomed to buying at the local grocery store. They were a whole different beast, succulent and juicy…a candy-like delicacy that impressed even those who thought that maybe they didn’t like dates. They were scrumptious.
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Medjool dates are the ultimate healthy sweet snack treat and Rancho Meladuco Dates are the ultimate in medjool date luxury.