So what do dates taste like? Some are sweet with notes of toffee, caramel, butterscotch, and lemon. Their sweetness also intensifies the riper they get. This is because overtime as more and more moisture leaves the fruit, the sugar content ramps up. You can tell a date is fresh and ready to eat when it has a wrinkled exterior, looks nice and plump and has a slightly glossy sheen. How you choose to eat a date is up to you. Some choose to eat it fresh while others like their dates dehydrated. If you’re a newcomer to dates and don’t know what to expect, think of the taste of a raisin, except sweeter, jammier, more caramel-like. With hundreds of varieties available worldwide, there is a huge taste palette to pick from.
Dates can be made into a variety of ingredients and used to sweeten anything from cookies to trail mix, ice cream and protein bars to name a few.