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Top 5 Reasons Dates Are Ridiculously Awesome



We picked up some dried dates at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market today. To be honest, I don’t have a ton of experience with dates, so I did some research to brush up on my date knowledge.

Top 5 Reasons:
5. Dates can be made into alcoholic beverages such as date wine.

4. Fresh dates are an excellent source of vitamin C, though they lose this when dried.

3. A mature date palm can produce around 250 lbs. of fruit per harvest.

2. Like humans, the male date palms cannot bear fruit, and thus are only useful for pollination

1. Also like humans, one male date palm can pollenize up to 100 female date palms.


  1. richard shaffer | Monday, November 17, 2008

    I’m addicted to sliced oranges and dates sprinkled with cinnamon as a dessert. Try it! Trust me!

  2. Katie | Monday, November 17, 2008

    Goat Cheese-Stuffed Dates Wrapped w/Prosciutto
    * 1/3 cup soft herbed goat cheese
    * 16 Medjool dates, pitted
    * 16 large basil leaves
    * 4 wide, thin slices prosciutto di Parma, each cut into 4 long strips
    * 16 toothpicks, soaked in water 10 minutes

    Heat broiler to low. Spoon 1 teaspoon cheese into each date; wrap with a basil leaf, then a prosciutto strip. Secure with a toothpick. Broil until cheese bubbles, about 3 minutes. Serve warm.

  3. Alan Kropf | Monday, November 17, 2008

    Whoa! Date recipes…will try and report on my findings…

  4. Alan Kropf | Monday, November 17, 2008

    Sorry Richard, Katie wins the “Ambitious Date Recipe Post Award”…maybe next time…

  5. Katie | Monday, November 17, 2008

    woo hoo! And I had one hand tied behind my back!! Then again, you probably didn’t need those personal details! :)

  6. Voltron | Monday, November 17, 2008

    Dates??? I’m more of a one-night stand kind of guy haha

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