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Fresh Dates on the Stem - When can we eat them?

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Fresh Dates on the Stem - When can we eat them?

liu | Sep 11, 2006 12:15 AM

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?

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