Q: I am an adventuresome eater, willing to try anything once. I see fresh dates, sold on sticks, and have no clue what to do with them, how to eat them — I do have to say I tried sneaking one and biting into it and it was horrid — same pruning effect as eating an unripe persimmon — which if you have never had the misfortune — is akin to eating chalk.
Do you know what to do with fresh dates? They look so beautiful on their stalks.
Sent by Heidi
Editor: Heidi, it sounds like the date you tried was not yet ripe. Green dates are indeed very astringent, as Emily learned in this market report on fresh dates. After they ripen a little more they get sweet and crunchy like an apple.
If you can get ahold of some properly sweet fresh dates, try this salad:
Readers, any more tips on fresh dates? Recipes?
Related: Farmers' Market Report: Fresh Dates
(Image: Emily Ho)