Thursday, September 29, 2011

The only dates I've been getting

So autumn is here and with a new school year starting, you'd think that there would be a fresh crop of young, attractive individuals who catch my eye, but I haven't really been on the prowl like many around me say that I should be. So, I've resorted to "dating" by finding and devouring these sweet fresh dates known as Barhi dates.

So dates (Phoenix dactylifera) are well known as these sweet, dried, prune-like preserved fruits and it wasn't until many years ago when my aunt from California brought some with her when she visited Seattle. I was enamored by them right away as they just looked so beautiful as she held up a long golden inflorescence seemingly dripping in these firm, oval fruits that have a wonderfully crisp texture and mildly sweet flavor with a hint of astringency.

These are eaten fresh like this or allowed to ripen fully like the dates we're all familiar with.

Obviously date palms are not hardy in the Pacific Northwest, but it sure is a treat to have found the fruit to enjoy them at this time of year.



  1. Yay for dates, I wish more different varieties became available here...That being said, I do hope you eventually get some of the other kind of dates... :)

  2. Hahah! Thanks! That other kind of date can be hard to come by, it's often very seasonal, much like these barhi dates. =P