When referring to the fruit! (no 'fechas' nor 'meeting')
For those Argentinians out there: are there dates in Argentina?

It looks like some sort of 'higo' but that is 'fig', I even thought it is something like a 'pasa' but I still have no clue, but the taste is so familiar!

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  • They are harvest in Colombia, in a city called Cali, where Turkish, Jews and the Arabs have migrated for many years.
    – user10750
    Commented Sep 4, 2015 at 15:55

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According to Wikipedia, the Spanish word for the fruit of the date palm is dátil. The RAE definition defines it as:

1. m. Fruto de la palmera, de forma elipsoidal prolongada, de unos cuatro centímetros de largo por dos de grueso, cubierto con una película amarilla, carne blanquecina comestible y hueso casi cilíndrico, muy duro y con un surco a lo largo.

According to the Spanish Wikipedia articles on Phoenix dactylifera and Dátil, they come from the palmera datilera tree and are probably native to Southeast Asia. I'm not from Argentina, but found another page that mentions it's been introduced in northeast Argentina:

La palma datilera se ha introducido en Australia, y en el noreste de Argentina y Brasil, donde puede prosperar en las zonas secas. Dátiles propagados de semillas aparecen en muchas regiones tropicales y sub-tropicales donde son valorados como plantas ornamentales, pero donde el clima no es apto para la producción de fruta.

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    Interesting! Datiles... me voy a comer algunos! Gracias!!!
    – Claudio
    Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 23:36

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