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- In the shop: Min. 0°C – max 2 °C
- Ethylene sensitivity: low
- Ethylene productivity: low
- At home: keep refrigerated
Can be frozen. When kept too long, dates can dry out or saccharify. They remain edible but do not taste as good.
Quality and ripeness
While ripening, the colour changes from green to shiny brown. Fresh dates are soft and intact and do not contain any wet spots.
Dates are easy to combine with nuts such as almonds and cream cheese. They can be used for cakes and desserts but also go well with savoury dishes such as tagines (stews), curry dishes or as stuffing for fish, meat or poultry. During the ramadan month of fasting, dates are traditionally consumed at sundown during the iftar meal.
Did you know...
dates are rich in vitamin A and B, and in iron, magnesium and phosphor?
Recipe: bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese
- 8 slices bacon
- 16 dates
- 120 g goat cheese
Preheat the oven to 180° C.
Slice the dates lengthwise on one side to create an opening. Remove the pit.
Using a spoon, stuff a small amount of goat cheese into the cavity of each date and press the sides together to close.
Cut the bacon slices in half. Wrap each date with a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
Arrange evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the dates and use the toothpick to turn each one so it's laying on its side. Bake for another 5-8 minutes, until browned to your liking, and turn the dates to the other side and repeat. Remove from the oven, place on a paper towel lined plate, and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
source: Pinch of Yum