September 29, 2012  •  Category: ,


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.


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  1. zorra says:

    Dates are a great start in the day especially if you can get fresh ones. Envy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Diane says:

    We had a South African brandy pudding last night, love it as not only is it alcoholic but it has masses of dates in it as well. hic Diane

  3. emile says:

    Date compote with fresh whipped cream yummmmmmmmmm

  4. emile says:

    Best time to be in Lebanon just finished with the figs and now on to the grapes and dates ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. iris says:

    i thought dates were something for the evening ๐Ÿ˜‰
    they look superb in the picture though, i can only be jealous. around here, it is rather apples, bananas and kiwis…

  6. Alaiyo Kiasi says:

    I’ve never seen fresh dates. They look a little like plums. What is the texture like when they are fresh?

    • Joumana says:

      @Alaiyo: The texture is like an apple, but when they soften up they get mushy and so sweet.

      @james: they usually sell them at the Middle-Eastern markets. It depends which city and country you live in.

  7. familycook says:

    Joumana, what a great idea to start the day with dates! I love the yellow, fresh ones.

  8. Susan says:

    Oh, to have fresh dates! They are beautiful. I have to be content with dried dates and I love to eat them as a snack in the afternoon ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Kiran says:

    I love this time of the year — beautiful dates and figs everywhere!! I love adding it in my baked goods as a natural sweetener!

  10. sare says:

    I love them. I always keep some dried friuts including dates in mybag. During the busy day I have one or two they give me energy and assuage my hunger.
    People in Adana make composte, a kind of sweet drink, with fresh dates.
    Have a nice day.

  11. james says:

    how can i get it?

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