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The fruit of a Date Palm.  The date fruit has a brown fleshy exterior that surrounds a shell (the pit or stone).  The fruit is oval to cylindrical in shape and when ripe it ranges from bright red to brown depending on the variety.  Dates are one of the sweetest fruits in the world!

Growing Area
Grown in California.
Handling and Storage
Look for dates that are shiny, uniform in color and not broken.  Avoid dates that are dull or broken.  Store dates at room temperature in an airtight container up to three months or refrigerate them up to one year.
Varieties
Cup; Medjol; Pitted; Dried; Chopped
Availability  
Late summer and early fall.  Availability depends on the variety.

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