Dates, the sweet, deep brown fruit of the date palm tree, have a thick, sticky consistency resembling that of candied fruit. They are sometimes sold already pitted and chopped.

To chop dates:
Slit each date and pull out the pit. Slice with a chef’s knife. Gather the slices and cut across into pieces. Or, snip with kitchen scissors. If the knife or blades become sticky, dip frequently in hot water, coat lightly with vegetable oil cooking spray, or wipe with oil.

The best appettizer with dates I have eaten was just to wrap a whole date with pit removes with bacon and bake until bacon is done. Great

sounds yummy…procutio would probably work too

Or for a sweet treat stuff dates with a honey/cream cheese mix and then insert a cinnamon spiced pecan, Of course there is always the ever popular date stuffed with a chocolate covered almond! :wink:

dates- i like them fresh and i like them dried as well.
they are good sources of iron