While living in Sacramento, Corti Brothers grocers had organic, fresh, unprocessed dates from local growers for sale. They were Medjool dates that were incredibly moist and easy to chew; the explanation the grocers gave me for their texture and taste was that most dates undergo a process to pull out some of the moisture, increasing their longevity, but of course this makes them more hard & sticky. The unprocessed ones had to be refrigerated, but were by far the best dates I have ever tasted.
I'm curious if this type of date is to be found in San Francisco? I live near 10th & Harrison (Rainbow doesn't have them, I've checked), but am willing to travel to find them.