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February 14, 2019

Last Updated: 5 Mar 2022

We talked about the health benefits of dates in our previous article. Now it’s time to find out the best quality dates available. We will go through with different qualities of dates and some good to know additional details about dates.

What are the Best Quality Dates to Eat?

Dates need warm climate with little to no rain conditions. The Middle East is by far has the most favorable climatic conditions for dates to grow followed by California, Arizona, and Florida.

There are over 1500 varieties of dates grown in the world.

Medjool Dates

Medjool Dates

Medjool dates are one of the most popular dates. Medjool dates were first found in Morocco, North Africa, and were brought to Nevada, the USA in the year 1927.

They are large, soft, and considered to be the most flavorful dates among all different varieties grown. They taste excellent when eaten fresh because of their high moisture content. Medjool Dates stays good for 12-15 days at room temperature.

Did You Know

Dates fall into the category of superfood. This super-nutritious food is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and a lot of other health benefits.

This is one primary reason, bakers who focus on healthy eating, have started including dates in their baking, primarily replacing sugar with dates.

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Deri Dates

Deri Dates

These are soft, sweet, and meaty dates that look like chocolate beans. It has darkish brown to black color skin and is available around the year.

The origin of the Deri dates is in Iraq. The fruit has a shelf life of 10 months.


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Ajwa Dates

Ajwa Dates

These dates are a God gift to mankind. The main use of Ajwa dates seed powder is in treating cholesterol and blocked heart arteries issues.

The paste prevents and cures heart diseases. Ajwa dates are a soft and dry variety of dates from Saudi Arabia.

Kimia Dates

Kimia Dates

These dates originated in Iran. China took these palm trees and cultivated them at end of the ninth century. Kimia dates are black plump dates that have a melt-in-mouth flavor. The shelf life is about 15 days.

Omani Dates

Omani Dates

As the name suggests, these dates originate in Oman, the Middle East. Every date lover loves Oman dates. These are plump dates, large in size, moist and we can use them for cooking and baking various recipes. Many people use them in the dry fruits gift hampers.


Whiles dates have multiple benefits and help in reducing weight if eaten in moderation, otherwise, they may increase the weight because of the high sugar content in them. Eating about 10 grams of dates will provide you with around 23 calories and fiber.

The article provides the details of some of the Best Quality dates available in the market. Choose the one that best suits your taste and enjoy the amazing benefits of this wonderful fruit.

Word of caution for people who have sugar problems, they should avoid eating dates or at lease consult their doctors first before consuming dates.

About the Author Sonia Gupta

Founder of AnyBodyCanBake, Noted Entrepreneur, Celebrated Baker, Certified Baking Instructor, and Accomplished Food Blogger.

  • Medjool dates gives energy and also can clear the heart blocks and it won’t increase sugar levels of diabetic patients as per the research

  • My favourite dates are Medjool; I used to really enjoy the Iranian dates but will not buy the only ones available here: Israeli Medjool.
    Meanwhile Tunisian deglet Noor are a substitute.

  • Madam,
    As a health concern person i prefer dates as only sugary food accept fruits, but i want to know is there any bad effect for which i should maintain the amount of my intake or is date really healthy? i like it but i am confused that i should keep it in my diet or exclude it for my well being .now i am eating amber dates is it okay? which breed of date will be best for me?

    • Hello Sabbir,
      You have a very specific question that can only be answered by a certified nutritionist or a physician. Everyone has a different body type, different situation that can only be checked medically and then suggested.
      Please consult a doctor.

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