Fresh Dates

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09/17/05 - Fresh Bahri Dates

We happened to be in New York City when the fresh Barhi dates arrived. They had them on the stalk at the counter at Kalustyan's, so we had to try some. The fresh dates (on the left) are sweet with a strong tart note, and even a bit of astringency, but if you let them sit for a week or so, they ripen (on the right) and are amazingly sweet and tender. Most dates sold in this country are dried out versions of the ones on the right, so this was a real treat.
Ripe Dates

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