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General Produce

Dates

Receiving Inspecting:

Dates should be well-colored and exhibit characteristics of the variety. Halawy and Khadrawy varieties have a soft texture; Deglet Noor and Zahidi varieties are semi-dry with a firm texture. Avoid dates with sugar crystallization or physical defects such as insect damage.

Storage Handling:
 

Short-term storage recommendation (7 days or less)

  • 32-36° F/0-2° C
  • 90-98% relative humidity (for long-term storage reduce humidity to 75%)
Shelf-Life:
30 days.
Troubleshooting:

If stored in a warm area, dates may show discoloration, sugar crystallization, loss of flavor/aroma, shriveling, moisture loss, or mold.

High humidity helps maintain soft texture; low temperatures are critical to maintain good quality.

Usage Ideas:

  • Stuff dates with blue cheese; wrap with bacon and bake on high heat until bacon crisps; serve as appetizers.
  • Top house-made crackers with a purée of roasted eggplant, dates, and garlic; top each with pomegranate seeds.