How To Eat Dates | 8 Ways to Enjoy Dates - The Produce Moms

Dates are sweet treat that can be enjoyed many different ways!

Brown and wrinkly, dates aren’t going to win a beauty prize anytime soon but don’t let this deter you. Dates are also sticky and sweet and ridiculously delicious! They have a deep caramel flavor that is sure to make your taste buds rejoice!

This ancient fruit is a product of date palms, a flowering palm tree found in arid places like the Middle East, Northern Africa, India, and California.

Dates are easy to come across, especially Medjool dates around the holidays (you can find them at your local grocery store) but we’re betting that many of you have never tried this delightful fruit.

Today we’re challenging you to change that. Grab some dates from the store and give one of these ideas a try! Don’t know how to eat dates? Don’t worry… we’re giving you eight delectable ideas to try!

8 Delicious Ways to Eat Dates

1. In a Fruitcake

If you have tried dates before, there’s a good chance they were in a fruitcake. Fruitcake is one of the most common ways to use dates in the U.S.

Thanks to a lot of bad recipes out there, fruitcake doesn’t have the best reputation. But there are really good fruitcakes, too! Here’s our favorite way to make a fruitcake with dates:

2. In a Smoothie

Add pitted dates to your morning smoothie. We especially love dates blended with banana and cardamom spice. Dates, orange, banana, and coconut milk is another great combination!

How To Eat Fresh Dates - Date Smoothie

3. Added to Salads

Maybe one of the easiest ways to enjoy dates is to add pitted and chopped dates to salads. Try this combination: Salad greens, dates, walnuts, pears, and blue cheese crumbles. You won’t be sorry!

4. Stuffed

Dates can be stuffed with all kinds of goodies! Try stuffing them with goat cheese or cream cheese. Add a little garlic and herbs to the goat cheese mixture and honey and walnuts to the cream cheese mixture.

Love sweets? Stuff dates with crunchy peanut butter and you’ll swear you’re eating a candy bar! Get creative with your flavors or search Pinterest for mouthwatering ideas!

How To Eat Fresh Dates - Dates stuffed with goat cheese and almonds

DID YOU KNOW: Dates are one of the sweetest fruits? And because of their high sugar and low water content, they have a very long shelf life. When kept in an air-tight container, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 8 months or in the freezer for up to 1 year!

5. Wrapped

Stuffed or unstuffed dates are particularly delicious wrapped in bacon or prosciutto. Serve these on a toothpick at your holiday party and watch your guests swoon!

How To Eat Fresh Dates - Bacon Wrapped Dates

6. Baked

We already discussed that dates are commonly found in fruitcakes, but that’s not the only dessert they are delightful in. Dates can also be baked into other types of cakes, cookies, breads and scones.

How To Eat Fresh Dates

7. On Top of Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt

Sticky sweet dates on top of ice cream? Yes, please! Pit, chop, and sprinkle them on top for a true ice cream treat.

8. Added to Your Breakfast

Who needs little hard marshmallows in their cereal when you can have naturally sweet, sticky dates instead! Dates are also great added to oatmeal, plain Greek yogurt, or on top of pancakes.

A great way to start your day is with these No-Bake Energy Balls featuring raspberries, dark chocolate, and dates. They make for a delicious afternoon pick-me-up too!

No matter which of these eight ideas you try, we bet you’ll end up a big fan of dates!

Which of these ideas will you try? Already a date fan? Share your favorite way to eat dates in the comments below. 

How To Eat Dates

Lori Taylor

Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms, a lifestyle media brand and community of passionate fresh produce advocates with a mission to inspire everyone, especially children, to eat more fruits and vegetables. For ten years Lori sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States. Today, Lori and her team are fully focused on educating consumers about fresh produce, introducing them to produce brands, engaging the produce industry with consumers in inspiring conversations, and promoting public policy to protect and increase the availability of fresh produce at American schools. Her work has been featured on,, Huff Post, Real Simple Magazine, US Kids Magazines, GQ Magazine, Hallmark Channel as well as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC affiliates throughout the US. Lori is the host of The Produce Moms Podcast, a seasoned Keynote Speaker, a recipient of many produce industry accolades (including Produce Business 40 Under 40, Vance Agribusiness 40 Under 40, and The Packer 25), and is currently writing her first book. Lori resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband Chip, their two sons Joe & Mac, and their Great Dane.

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