Whenever we hear the frequently repeated Mom-ism "nature's candy," we think of this intensely sweet fruit of the date palm tree. Now is the prime time to enjoy it, as fresh dates, from California and the Middle East, start to pop up in markets by summer's end.
Look for dates with smooth, shiny skin. Avoid shriveled dates or those with mold or sugar crystals on their surface.
Store dates in the refrigerator. Fresh dates will last up to two weeks; dried, if kept in an airtight container, can last up to a year.
Snack on Dates
Sugar-sweet dates make a great substitute for candy. Remove the pits and roll dates in shredded coconut, and you have a great snack for kids without the refined sugar. Or, use a blender to make an easy date shake.
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