Did You Know – Dates

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Did you know that there is a difference in nutrition between Dried Dates and Fresh Dates?

Dried Dates have a better source of calcium and iron. Dates can be dried by setting them in the sun, in a warm oven or in a dehydrator. Dried Dates can be stored for approximately 24 months.

Fresh Dates have a better source of vitamin C. The reason why is because vitamin C is not stable, it can be destroyed by the storage and the heat from drying dates. Fresh Dates will go moldy in approximately 2 weeks.

Source: http://www.ratinkhosh.com

I love fresh dates just like they are, however, see my favorite cooked dates recipe at https://indianeskitchen.com/2023/01/21/bacon-wrapped-cream-cheese-filled-dates/



  1. They sound delicious, Diane. I’ll try the recipe when I need to bring a dish. Thanks!

    • That is actually why I made them for the first time. I went to my daughter in laws baby shower and her sister made them, I was hooked! Thank you Ermine!

  2. Last time I had fresh dates was in Iran when serving as officer in Irani war

  3. Bacon wrapped dares are great I know. Years ago I had a aunt who made me a Christmas gift every year of a big loaf of date nut bread. Warm that up and smear on butter or cream cheese and just enjoy it. Man I miss that. I miss her even more.

    • Me too Kellye! We went to my sonโ€™s house for a fish fry yesterday and my sons wife made dates with peanut butter and chocolate. After we left she tried dates with Nutella and coconut. I wasnโ€™t crazy about them and will stick to bacon and cream cheese. Sheโ€™s pregnant and due in about 4 weeks. She read dates help the cervix ripen so she is chowing down! ๐Ÿคฃ

    • I know some how the liquid is extracted and used as a syrup and used for things like coffee, topping for ice cream etc. Iโ€™m guessing it is like the maple syrup people put on pancakes so Iโ€™m sure it is a lot of sugar, probably why I love them. ๐Ÿคฃ

  4. I don’t know that I have ever seen or tasted a fresh date. Anyway, I love the dates that I buy in the store. I take it that they are the dried ones.

  5. Hi! Dates always remind me of a story. One year when we were in Borrego Springs in the desert of southern California on vacation, we always get a date shake or two at this small, family run cafe. Anyway, this particular year I was sure the cafe closed at 4:30 so when B left to go motorcycling in the desert, I reminded him that if he wanted one last date shake before we left, to be back before 4:30. He arrived back at 4:15. Unfortunately, I had read the sign wrong and the place closed at 4:00. B has yet to forgive me for this error! Mind you, we had already had one date shake that year! B loves dates.

  6. I have bought the dried dates, both whole and chopped up to put in oatmeal in the morning. I didn’t know about the differences in dried versus fresh dates. The Vitamin C in fresh dates surprises me Diane, but how clever you are with your bacon (which does not surprise me). ๐Ÿ™‚

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