Fresh dates. These exotic golden yellow fruit from Egypt is new to the Malaysian market and I found that many people (myself included) had no clue how to enjoy this fruit.
It has several stages of ripeness but of course, when the fruit arrives it's perfectly creamy and bright yellow. I took a huge liking to this fruit due to the astringency that came with it. But of course, I am the rare oddity that enjoys this sensation in my mouth. I was quite happy to eat these dates as they are upon arrival as it's sweet, crunchy like an apple and I figured the astringency just came with it.
I learnt over some time as the fruits began to ripen that dates have several stages of ripeness of which will slowly reduce in the astringent taste as it ripens. I love that it's such a versatile fruit. Giving me all sorts of taste and texture as it ripened.
I speak about the taste in more detail in the video below. And I'll be totally honest with you guys. It was my first time trying these dates at varying ripeness apart from the first stage dates.
Hope the video sheds some light on how the taste is like!