Fresh Dates

Bunches of fresh dates such as this are readily available in most markets here in Jeddah.  Each date is about two and a half inches long.  They are crunchy and refreshing, similar to an apple in texture.  Dates are eaten traditionally especially during Ramadan to break the fast at sundown.  There are many varieties of dates to choose from.  I prefer the large soft and meaty dried dates, which are grown within the Kingdom.

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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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5 Responses to Fresh Dates

  1. Hi Jill – I hadn’t ever seen fresh dates myself either. I thought they were such a pretty color too. Thanks for commenting, Jill.

  2. jill says:

    Susie, I’ve never seen or tasted a fresh date, only the dried kind. But these look so pretty.

  3. Hi Aafke! Oh, too bad! My husband bought some of the round yellow kind too – they were harder but edible, but I didn’t care for them as much as the brown soft ones. The kind in the photo is really not bad – they do have a rather juicy yet dry taste, sort of like a dry wine, if you know what I mean.

    Hi Eki! Yes, they are at least that long and some may even be up to three inches long. Sorry but I don’t know the name of the variety – there are so many!!! I read that Iraq has over 600 varieties alone! They come in all sizes and shapes and colors.

  4. Eki says:

    two and a half inches? that sounds very big compared to the sizes of (dried) dates we can get here. the only time i ever tasted fresh dates was when i studied in the u.s. they were small and yellow. these dates are red. are they a different variety, Sussie?

  5. Aafke says:

    I brought them here, they were yellow and uneadible I think.

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