These oblong, amber colored, sticky ovals are called Medjool dates. They are associated more with sweets and savory morsels rather than a fruit. But this odd fruit grows on trees in areas like Morocco, Turkey, Oregon, and California. It is said that dates date as far back as 5,000 - 6,000 B.C.E. Medjool Date Day is a day dedicated to enjoying all the yummy and odd ways to eat Medjool Dates.
Facts About Dates
Medjool dates are actually the fruit of the Date Palm, very similar to coconut trees. Farmers call them date groves or gardens versus fields and they have to go up and down the trees 12-15 times a year to gather all of them. They are also packaged immediately after being gathered so they keep their gooey texture. There are over 1,500 varieties of Medjool dates. They are known for their rich caramel-like taste and chewy texture versus the Deglet Noor Date which are firm fleshed fruits that have a delicate sweet taste. Medjool Dates originated in Morocco and were brought over to the U.S in 1927.