Khalal Fresh Dates (Crunchy)
We pick these dates in the Khalal stage, yellow and cruchy like an apple, ripening and softening to a honey-like sweetness.
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Khalal dates are still crunchy, like an apple. They then further ripen into the soft (rutab) stage, and then later to the drier, chewy stage we offer in 2/lb boxes. We offer a Mariana (bright yellow) available in August and September; and a Black Sphinx (a deep magenta) and Barhis (yellow), in September and October. The flavor can be on the tart side, pucker your mouth like a persimmon, unless picked very close to ripening, when it becomes a unique and special sweetness. Most will continue to ripen into the softer stage, a melt-in-your mouth, honey-like sweetness. We ship within hours of picking, a 5-lb. bunch you can hang in your kitchen,porch, or sukkah, to pluck at and eat, direct from the palm... Certified organic , produced by members of the United Farm Workers.
Marianas, our first dates to ripen each summer, are a locally (California) developed variety, quite sweet in the khalal stage, maturing into a buttery sweet flavor in the rutab stage. first pick 8/4/2014, first market, 8/17
Black Sphinx has a dramatic deep magenta color as it ripens, darkening to an almost purple/black in the rutab (soft) stage. It is our least sweet date in the khalal stage, with a jicima-like crunchy texture, sweetest in its darkest colors, a unique addition to salad, est. first pick, 9/2/14)
Barhi dates are originally from the Iran/Iraq area and are nicknamed "honey balls" for the round shape and liquid honey-like texture and flavor in the rutab stage. First pick, est. 9/10/2014
North America's finest locally grown dates, certified organic and harvested by members of the United Farm Workers of America.