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** All About Fresh Dates **

*How to Buy, Store, and Use Fresh Dates*

By Molly Watson, About.com Guide

Dates are among the sweetest fruits in the world. They are the fruit of
date palms and come in many more varieties than anyone only familiar with
dried chopped dates might imagine. Leanr more about fresh dates below.

-Fresh Date Season-

"Image of Fresh Dates"Photo © Molly Watson

Dates are the fruit of date palms, which grow in the desert. Dates are
harvested in February and March in Arizona and California where the U.S.
crop is grown. If you've never had a freshly harvested date, they are worth
seeking out for their insanely sweet, caramel-like taste and soft texture.
Farmers markets in Southern California and Arizona may have fresh dates in
season; they are also available mail order from some growers and may be
found at Middle Eastern markets.

That said, most dates are allowed to hang on the trees to "cure" and dry a
bit. These are the "fresh dates" available at many specialty grocery stores
and they are also perfectly delicious.

-How to Choose Fresh Dates-

Fresh dates can be wrinkled, but they shouldn't feel hard. Look for fresh
dates that are plump looking and have a slightly glossy look to their skin.
Avoid dates that have crystallized sugar on their skins (a little whiteness
is okay, but not actual crystals).

-Types of Dates-

There are endless varieties of dates grown in the Middle East. In the U.S.
the most commonly available dates are *Deglet Noor* dates, which

Source: localfoods.about.com/od/Fresh-Dates/tp/All-About-Fresh-Dates.htm

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