The above bowl is filled with a fresh fruit that looks like a large raisin.
Do you know what it is?
Well, until I visited Natural Delights’ farms I didn’t know it was a fresh fruit. This is a bowl of Medjool dates and they are harvested looking exactly like the above photo.
I had always thought that dates were a dried “something” like a raisin (dried grape) or a prune (dried plum). But dates ripen into this dried-looking fruit that is stable at room temperature for long amounts of time. Basically, it is fresh even though it looks dried.
Medjool dates are a great replacement for junk food like candy because they contain 16 essential vitamins and minerals – and they are a sweet treat!
For one Medjool date:
66 calories, 0 g fat, 0. g saturated fat, 18.0 g carbohydrates, 16 g sugar, 0 g protein, 2.0 g fiber, 0 mg sodium, 0 Points+
They are wonderful with coffee or tea and make an excellent portion-controlled dessert.
I learned a lot about Medjool dates when I visited Arizona but the most fun thing was actually harvesting some dates.
Here is a photo of date palms:
The crew there put me and a group of healthy bloggers up into a shorter date palm to actually harvest the fruit. These larger trees have black bags over the fruit - see them below the leaves? I was lifted off the ground in a picker and told to harvest.
Claudia showed me how to open the bag that surrounds the fruit (see the white bag?). All you do is open it over a tray and out fall the dates!
The best part was that you could eat them right away. My fellow blogger ate about 8 before she decided she should slow down. The dates were a little dusty but they are farmed without pesticides so I had a few myself (do not remember how many).
I realize most of you aren’t getting out to a date farm any time soon but these dates are in your supermarket in the fresh produce section.
Do you eat dates? Please share your favorite pairings and recipes.
Natural Delights sponsored my trip to their farms in Yuma, Arizona. No other compensation was provided.