Shields also carries the Barhi date which is a great delicacy when harvested in the khalal or pre-ripe stage.
A bright yellow color, they have an apple crisp texture and are only available during a couple of weeks in August. As the round-shaped Barhi ripen, they grow dark brown and soften into a delicate sweetness.
In fact, the crops were imported from the Middle East and North Africa in the late 1800s as a USDA experiment.
Shields’ rose garden were languishing in shabby shape when then-owners decided to put the place up for sale.