It’s a Date!

Dates come in many shapes, sizes, textures, and colors. Some are quite dry, hard, or chewy, and others are moist, sticky or gooey. There are hundreds of varieties of dates and they are very popular here in Saudi Arabia, eaten alone as a snack, or added into sweet baked items. Dates are often eaten when Muslims break their fasting during Ramadan.

Some varieties of dates in the Middle East are sold when they are still on the branch, still firm and haven’t started turning and maturing into the brown shriveled dates that most of us are familiar with. They have the texture and moistness of fresh coconut at this stage and have a dry tartness to them.

Date palms need very hot temperatures and moist roots, but they don’t like rainfall, which can actually ruin the dates. One of the greatest things about dates is that they enjoy a very long shelf life.


About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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6 Responses to It’s a Date!

  1. ammena says:

    I tasted some of the top ones awhile ago when they had an offer at the market here.. didnt like them at all blah

  2. ladyfi says:

    Wonderful photos. I adore dates!

  3. ewok1993 says:

    Not so familiar with dates, and glad you showed us the different types.

  4. leif Hagen says:

    Looks like a huge feast of dates! My mom has a great date cookie recipe ….

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