I have a Date !

Dates6 The holy month of Ramadan for Muslims just finished today and tomorrow the Islamic calendar is marking “Eid Al Fitr”. Like other fruit, dates are a seasonal product, therefore the supply of fresh delicious dates is always limited. Processed dates (Tamr) and dried dates are available all year round. Dates can be classified as soft, semi-soft and dry dates. Chewy dry dates keep longer and can be used for ’survival food’ on long trips or on hiking. Dates freeze extremely well, so you can put them in your freezer and enjoy them year round. Dates are oval-cylindrical, 2.5-5 cm long, and 1.5-2.5 cm diameter. When dates are unripe, they come bright red to bright yellow in color, depending on the type of dates. Dates contain a single seed about 2-2.5 cm long and 5-7 mm thick. Three main Cultivable Groups of date exist: Soft like Khalas Qassim and Khalas Kharj Soft or Semi-Dry like Ajwa , Anbara, Mabroom, and Barni Dry like Ruthana, Nabtat Ali, Segae and Sukkari The type of fruit depends on its nutrition, shape and taste. Dates ripen in four stages, which are known throughout the world by their Arabic names kimri (unripe), khalal (full-size, crunchy), rutab (ripe, soft), tamr (ripe, sun-dried). Dates come in the following four forms in the market: Press Pack such as Khalas Qassim Plain Dates when they are fresh Dried Dates such as Sukkari Date Paste such as Soft Date Paste Dates5
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4 Responses to I have a Date !

  1. Kathryn Hill says:

    Found your blog via Tastespotting – lovely photos. Must say I am envious, I would move to a foreign country in a heartbeat if I had a means to support myself there!

    I am a food blogger at thekitchn.com and a lover of food, wine, & travel.

  2. Alessandra says:

    Thank you for the post, it is not often that I can read all this info about dates (and so difficult to find really soft ones where I live), I could eat tons of them and I like to stuff them with home made marzipan. 🙂

  3. werner says:

    cool yes but how you get that ater print logo done on the bottom of your pictures ??tell me please …

  4. I love dates. Hope you had a nice Eid party!

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