Artificial pollination: is one of the main operations involved in growing the palm trees. This artificial fertilization is achieved by sprinkling the pollen on the female inflorescence, which therefore guarantees a good crop of dates. Harvest: The dates are collected when they are still green if they are going to be pickled and from September onwards when they are ripe, if they are going to be eaten fresh. Hooding: This consists in tying the leaves of the palm tree together and covering them with dried palm leaves, which deprives them from sunlight, so that they don’t go green. This is normally done to unproductive male and female palm trees that are used for the “white palm fronds”, which are crafted into intricate designs and used for on Palm Sunday.