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What’s the best source of those dates you like? (halawi, bahri, khadrawi)

Despite my best efforts I have never been able to source a halawi date, only medjool. Still looking!

Benjamin Stone / Originally posted on Are dates good for you?

Answer:

I never liked dates even though I knew how good they were for me. They were dry, desiccated and tasted, well, datey. But that was before I discovered there were all these heavenly plump, moist varieties that didn’t taste like dates at all!

Barhi dates used to be my favorite. I’d freeze them to turn them from wet to chewy (they never get hard) and then eat them with apples (honeycrisp, mmm) as one of my favorite snacks for the caramel apple taste of my youth.

Locally, you should be able to find good medjool dates in middle eastern and Indian grocery stores (great place to also get cheap spices and amazing mangoes starting around April), but for the too-moist-to-be-sold-commercially varieties you have to go online. I have tried dates from most of the major online retailers and always go back to the Date People. I am averse to commercial endorsements, but I’ve never tasted better dates from any other source. Their annual harvest comes in around my birthday (October 25!) and last year as a present to myself I splurged and got the 12 variety sampler–and I’m glad I did because I discovered my new favorite–khadrawi dates. They taste like butterscotch!

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Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.


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  1. Dr. Greger. I understand being reluctant to endorse commercial products. But I sure do appreciate you sharing your good find with us! I’m going to try it!

  2. Thank you, Dr, Greger for all your insight and nutritional information. Question; is Juice Plus, a whole foods concentrate, benefical? Any side affects?

  3. If anyone finds this post and is still looking 7HotDates is PHENOMENAL! I didn’t realize how amazing dates are until this past year and finding a great, organic (and family owned and operated) source is tough, especially if you are interested in trying the different varieties. They have 7! I’ve ordered wet pack and firm pack in all the varieties and they are truly divine- i don’t work for them, just browsing around today and landed here so thought I’d share. http://7hotdates.com/faq.html.

      1. Trader Joe’s has organic pitted halawi dates right now (I think limited supply) and they are incredible. Bonus: they’re from Israel.

  4. I have purchased from The Date People and, not only are their dates the very best, they are the most cordial folks I have met in an online purchase.

  5. Just got my dates from the Date People. Yum! Purchased the 10 lb pack sampler. All three varieties are great and I like the idea of supporting a small operation.

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