Recipes using Medjool dates
what is it?
Medjool dates, often called the king of dates, are considered to be the most sought after for their large size and rich, intensely sweet flesh. They're golden-brown with glossy, slightly wrinkled skin. Inside, their flesh is sweet and almost creamy.
The king of dates comes with a royal price tag, too, though. But with good reason. These special fruits are pricey because their cultivation is incredibly labor-intensive. In order to ensure quality and yield, Medjool date palms need to be hand-pollinated, pruned, and protected. And each delicate date must be hand-picked.
Medjool dates are available in some grocery stores and specialty markets from late summer through midfall.
how to choose:
Choose plump, soft dates with shiny skin. Avoid very shriveled dates or those with mold or large sugar crystals on the skin.
how to prep:
Given Medjool's pleasantly sticky sweetness, they're often used in baking. But they also make a great addition to your morning yogurt or cereal, and work well in savory preparations like braises and in side dishes or salads. And of course, they're fantastic just eaten out of hand.
how to store:
Dates can stay on your counter, covered, for about a week. They can also be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to six months.