Dates

A traditional Middle Eastern food, people have been enjoying dates for thousands of years. The sweet, delicious fruit is native to the Persian Gulf and was once known as “the candy that grows on trees.” Today, they are most often available dried at grocery stores, though you can sometimes find them fresh during the late summer at Middle Eastern or farmer’s markets. Fresh dates are soft, juicy and sticky-sweet. Dried versions are even sweeter and chewy like prunes or raisins with a thin, papery skin. Dates come in a number of a varieties; deglet nor and khadrawy (bread) dates..

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