Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits in the world. They’ve thrived for thousands of years across the Middle East. Known for their sweet flavor, dates are now grown all over the globe.
Dates are the fruit of a palm tree known as the date palm, a flowering plant species in the palm family Arecacea. There are over 2,000 varieties of dates. The medjool date is one of the most common types of dates grown in the United States. It’s known for its sweet flavor and deep, amber-brown color.