A couple weeks ago we purchased some fresh yellow dates on the stem; they were hard. I left them on the counter, yet they are still hard and yellow; they have not turned a translucent brown yet, although they have begun to slightly wrinkle.
Someone advised us to eat them as they are purchased. I tried them, eating the outer skin and all around the pit. They have a bitterness about them, but there is an underlying sweetness that is addictive. I also like the crunch! I keep wanting to eat more, but I am just not sure they are ready.
When can they safely be eaten? If they are a bit bitter, will my stomach talk to me later?