The Perfect Date, a natural ingredient that fits right in


For the professional chef or someone who loves to cook; California Dates bring a unique quality of flavor and texture to any recipe.


Dates go well with many other fruits, an excellent ingredient in compotes, salads, sauces and desserts. They add luscious richness to meat, seafood, poultry entrées and side dishes that include grains and vegetables. The deep, rich taste adds moisture to breads, cakes, muffins and cookies.


Looking for ideas on how you can use California Dates? 
Bagels Dressings Salads
Breads Fish & Shellfish Sauces
Brownies Granola Bars Scones
Cakes Ice Cream Smoothies
Cereals Marinades Trail Mix
Cheesecakes Muffins Vegetables
Cookies Pies Wild Game
Compotes Protein Bars Yogurt
Donuts Pork, Beef & Chicken  
Storage and Conditioning – keeping your Dates


For optimum preservation, California Dates are better stored in a tightly-sealed container; refrigerated (between 32 and 40 degrees F., 50% - 70% relative humidity), frozen (below 32 degrees F. is ok) or stored in a dark, cool pantry for up to one year. Chopped dates can be stored in cool, dry storage or several months.


Refreshing California Dates after a long storage; immerse them in water (80 degrees F.) for about 20 to 30 minutes allowing water to absorb. Remove, pat dry with a paper towel.


How to make Date Paste


Remove pits from dates and cut into small pieces, put into a microwave safe bowl, with a teaspoon of water. Microwave for 30 seconds, remove. Mash warmed dates into a paste.