Dates should be well-colored and exhibit characteristics of the variety. Halawy and Khadrawy varieties have a soft texture; Deglet Noor and Zahidi varieties are semi-dry with a firm texture. Avoid dates with sugar crystallization or physical defects such as insect damage.
Short-term storage recommendation (7 days or less)
32-36° F/0-2° C
90-98% relative humidity (for long-term storage reduce humidity to 75%)
If stored in a warm area, dates may show discoloration, sugar crystallization, loss of flavor/aroma, shriveling, moisture loss, or mold.
High humidity helps maintain soft texture; low temperatures are critical to maintain good quality.
Stuff dates with blue cheese; wrap with bacon and bake on high heat until bacon crisps; serve as appetizers.
Top house-made crackers with a purée of roasted eggplant, dates, and garlic; top each with pomegranate seeds.
Very sweet, with earthy, almost umami flavors.
Smooth skins with chewy insides.
Pair with bacon, blue cheese, eggplant, garlic.
Dried apricots, prunes.
Serving Size 1/2 cup dates (113g) grams
Total Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 85g31%
Dietary Fiber 8g27%
Total Sugars 75g
Includes 0g Added Sugars0%
Vitamin D 0mcg0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.