Comparing Date Varieties

Khadrawi:

  • Classic soft variety
  • Rich flavor that’s not too sweet

Dayri:

  • Strong flavor
  • Hint of vanilla
  • Large
  • Dry

Amber:

  • Dry
  • Pretty color and shape
  • Very sweet cinnamon flavor

Yellow Barhi:

  • Can be eaten when not fully ripe
  • Have a crisp texture of an apple
  • Flavor that is fresh and slightly astringent
  • Considered a delicacy in old-world date-growing regions

Kustawi:

  • Fine dessert date
  • Date-y flavor that isn’t cloying

Zahidi:

  • Sometimes known as the butter date
  • Pale color
  • Subtle flavor
  • Likeable for people who think they don’t like dates

Medjool:

  • Known as the queen of dates
  • Large
  • Pillowy texture
  • Very sweet, strong flavor

Deglet Noor:

  • Dry
  • Chewy
  • Medium-sweet
  • Complex flavor
  • Nutty and evocative of brown sugar

Barhi:

  • Luscious and full-bodied flavor
  • Delicate skin
  • Melting texture
  • Reminiscent of caramel pudding

References:

  • Carey, Sarah et al. “A glossary of dates.” Martha Stewart Living. February 2015. 91.

 

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