My first taste of fresh dates left the taste of disappointment heavy on my tongue, my lips.
It was the first time I’d tried them. Seen them close-up, so when I saw them on an enamel tray in Lagos traffic, I ‘dived’ for a bag. At N200.
These fresh dates were yellow with light brown freckles, and reminded me of skinny Ube.
The first bite messed with my head – the astringency, the crunch, the freshness. The taste spoke of green guavas and unripe pears, as did the crunch but it left a slightly powdery feeling on my tongue. I tried hard to finish one off…and it was tough.
I guess I half expected that the source of dried, sticky, really-sweet dried dates would have some of the DNA from the start but no, this white fleshed fruit of the date palm was having none of it.
Have you tried fresh dates before? What’s your favourite way to use them?