I have already described my love for dried dates in a previous entry (You can click here to read it). A few times each year, another type of date is available; the fresh date. Now is the time. I found these in a great grocery store called Highland Farms in North York, Ontario.
Fresh dates have completely different qualities compared to their aged partners. Fresh dates have the crunch of an apple and the sweetness of a persimmon. One thing they have in common is the great dietary fiber they provide. This hard-to-find fruit is derived from date palms and is a staple throughout the Middle East.
To prepare, simply wash them under water. You will find that there is a stone inside that looks exactly like the type found in dried dates.
If you have decided that you do not want to eat them whole, you can slice them or dice them in any way that pleasures you.
Here are some ideas for you to add a crunch by using fresh dates in your diet:
- incorporate them to a fruit salad
- mix them with nuts or berries
- stir them in yoghurt
- add to a fresh green salad
- top off your morning cereal