While dates are not used quite as commonly in the United States as they are elsewhere in the world, like the Middle East and North Africa, they are a beautiful stone fruit with so much potential. They can be enjoyed fresh, but are most commonly eaten in their dried form, and while there are over 200 varieties here in the states you’ll see Medjool dates most often.
For the longest time, I’d walk past the bags of dates at the grocery store and never take a second glance. It’s not that I never liked them — I just never was quite sure what to do with them besides snack on them straight. Little did I know, there are plenty of ways to enjoy them! Once I finally gave them a chance, I realized that the possibilities were nearly endless. From blending them into a morning smoothie, to chopping them up for a salad topping, to tucking them into dessert, here are our 15 most favorite recipes that feature the sweet dried fruit.