Discovering Medjool Dates

Have you ever had a medjool date? It is dried and wrinkled outside, but sweet and sticky inside. It is rich and has an intense caramel taste in each bite. In fact it taste so much like caramel that it’s hard to believe I’m eating a fruit. Medjool dates were originally grown in Morocco but there are several areas in the US, like California and Arizona, that cultivate these dates very well. Medjool dates are sometimes referred to as “crown jewel of dates” – I suspect because they are the best, most premium kind of date.

I’ve had my first ever taste last week and it was love at first bite.

they don't look that appealing but they are sweet, succulent, caramel-y bites

If you take out the pit and close your eyes, it really is like eating candy. Trust me – I like love candy and have never (never!) made a proclamation like this.

I bought my organic medjool dates from Whole Foods but I’ve also seen them in Stop and Shop. I am pretty sure they are available year round, but they are most prominent during the holiday season (I know, I’m late, but I’m a medjool date newbie). Each dried fruit has a lot of sugar and calories (two pieces clock in at 140 calories) but one or two is enough to satisfy a sweet craving.

I packed a couple of these dates as plane snacks when I went to Houston last week (recap of my trip coming soon!) and when the lady sitting beside me asked what I was eating, I ended up waxing poetic about just how wonderful and caramel-y these medjool dates are – but I didn’t  offer her any. (What? I said I only had a couple and I already bit into the last piece…)

Medjool dates are one of those things that I always seem to read about and see around, but I just never got to try, until recently. It’s taken me a long time but I couldn’t be happier about my latest discovery.

Have you ever tried something for the first time and immediately loved it? Tell me about your latest food discoveries too!

   

31 Responses to “Discovering Medjool Dates”

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    Blog is the New black posted January 18, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Dates are really good- although I would never replace my candy with them. Both, please! ;)

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    Elizabeth posted January 18, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I’m not the biggest fan of dates on their own. But when there mixed into something, or cooked in some way, I love them. Love them in cakes, cookies, bacon-wrapped dates :)

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    Michelle posted January 18, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I love dates! I would chop a few up and add it as a topping to rice pudding!

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    christina posted January 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

    i have had these a few times and couldn’t believe how much they tasted like candy!

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    MelissaNibbles posted January 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I love dates! I like them with cheese.

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    Bianca Garcia posted January 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Elizabeth and Michell – I do those with prunes! hehe
    Christina – so awesome right??
    Melissa – dates and cheese! Thanks for the idea ;)

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    Daisy posted January 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    bacon wrapped dates are my favorite! I think I first tried this combo last year – but unsure if it was with medjool dates?! I think, gasp, for my palate they are too sweet on their own. But, I’m happy you discovered them.

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      Bianca Garcia posted January 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      Haha Daisy it’s rare that I find something too sweet for my taste ;)

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    Megan posted January 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Try mixing pb with a little powdered sugar and stuffing the date halves with it. :) It will change your world! And I have to agree with Daisy that I love bacon-wrapped dates!

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      Bianca Garcia posted January 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      Ooohhhh Megan thanks for the idea!

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    MichellePC posted January 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I have a weird obsession with dates! They are wonderfully sweet and addictive, and I’ve never had a problem finding them at my local grocery store.

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    Lauren posted January 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I adore Medjool dates! I have a few recipes on my site for stuffed dates, but they are delicious in their pure form, as well. I also love them smeared with a touch of peanut or almond butter. MMmmmm. Oh, and I buy them at Trader Joe’s at a very reasonable price!

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted January 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    You can usually find Medjool dates at Trader Joe’s. I love them! Stuffed with almond butter or blue cheese. Yummmmmy!

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      Bianca Garcia posted January 18, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks Meghan, I’ll check them out at TJ’s next time I’m there! I would prefer almond butter over blue cheese – I just checked my cupboards actually and can’t believe I’m out of almond butter, so that’s another thing to pick up at TJ’s! ;)

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    blackbookkitchendiaries posted January 18, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I love dates even if they are alone or mixed into some dish. I had some of these from Trader Joe’s. They seemed to be a good fit for alot of dishes. Thanks for sharing info about these.

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    Erica posted January 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Try the dates wrapped in jamon at Toro next time you are there. Insane! One of my fave things ever. Could eat like 10 of them!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted January 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Dried fruit is definitely a big staple in my diet — but I’ve never had dates. Guess I’m a little scared. I can’t imagine they’d be that bad wrapped in bacon, as Daisy suggests!

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    blackbookkitchendiaries posted January 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    i love dates.. they are really sweet and yummy.. my sister makes this awesome pudding out of it.

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    Amanda L. (Tales From A Kitchen Misfit) posted January 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I recently had these in a steak salad that I made last week. It was delicious!

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    nancy k posted January 22, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I love these dates and can’t resist buying them when they appear at my local produce market. I make date/cranberry/almond /orange biscotti with …pretty yummy.

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    nancy k posted January 22, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I just realized you live in Cambridge. Have you checked out Russo’s in Watertown? It is the local produce market I mentioned. in my previous post. It is an amazing place..wonderful cheese and pasta department, super fresh produce, lots of choices and great interesting products on shelves under the produce counters.

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      Bianca Garcia posted January 23, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      Hi Nancy, thanks for the comments! I have not been to Russo’s yet but also have heard many great things about it. I don’t have a car so it’s hard for me to go to Watertown, but I’ve been meaning to get one of my friends to go with me! Soon, I hope :)

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    Tania posted January 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    They are really good wrapped in bacon and broiled. I also recently had them as a appetizer stuffed with almonds. Very nice.

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    Jheirak M posted May 23, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I just found a recipe for a “Medjool ‘caramel’ dip” to have with green apples in the fall….a FB friend made a diced apple and Medjool caramel pudding for a raw foods vegan dip. Both of these are so exciting to me!!!!
    :-)

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    Kristie posted May 26, 2015 at 10:21 am

    A read this post the other day and decided to go and buy some medjool dates. They do not taste like caramel! They are lovely but I don’t want to sell people a lie. They taste like dates – very nice dates, but dates all the same.

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    tamoradates posted April 8, 2017 at 2:32 pm

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    tamoradates posted June 7, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    I love these dates and can’t resist buying them when they appear at my local produce market, They are really good wrapped in bacon and broiled

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    amian posted July 4, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    yummy i loved dates and tahini halwa

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    hamza posted July 7, 2017 at 11:24 am

    medjool dates where to buy

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    AmyLynn Hunt posted August 4, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Thank you so much for writing about the flavor, I have a few new recipes that call for medjool dates and one uses them as a replacement for caramel! I thought that was so odd, but now I think these will be really interesting to bake with (and just eat, yum!), thank you again so much for taking the time to do this, I really appreciate it! :0)

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    nat posted December 6, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    LOVE dates!!!!

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