The market stalls in Beirut are offering dates this time of year; all kinds of dates. Some are imported from the Gulf countries, some are local.
I love to start my day with a few dates in the morning. What about you?
To enjoy dates when fresh but still hard: wrap them in a plastic bag tightly sealed and wait a few days; they will soften and their skin will peel just with a light rub. That’s when they are sweet and delicious to eat.