Dates are a brown, oval-shaped fruit that grow on a the date palm tree. Dates are usually eaten in the dried form. Dried dates are very sweet, moist, and chewy.
Where to buy good dates
Are dates a healthy food?
High in disease-fighting antioxidants and fiber, dates are a very healthy food.
Different varieties of dates
There are many different varieties of dates, all with different flavors, textures, and levels of sweetness.
The 3 most common varieties are:
Deglet Noor – Smaller, darker, and firmer than Medjool. Not quite as sweet as Medjool dates.
Medjool – Large in size and light in color. Chewy, sticky, and fleshy.
Aseel – Dense, dry, and very sweet.
How do you use dates?
Dates are a wonderful natural sweetener and can be used in cookies and other baked goods. They’re also great for sweetening breakfast cereal.
Tip: Some dates are soft and some are very hard. If your recipes directs you to blend dates in a blender, and your dates are hard, you can soften them by placing them in a saucepan with a tablespoon or two of water, covering with a lid, and cooking over medium heat until they are soft.
Recipes that use dates
How to store dates
Dates should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. They will stay good for up to 4 months. For longer storage, keep in the refrigerator or freezer.