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Khadrawi dates are a small to medium sized variety with a stout oval shape. They have thick golden-red flesh that surrounds a single seed, and are known for their extra gooey yet chewy texture. Khadrawi dates have a rich caramel flavor, though slightly less sweet than the Medjool. Their thin papery skin has a tendency to dry out, so keep them tightly wrapped and refrigerated in an airtight container.
Khadrawi dates are available in the fall and early winter months.
The Khadrawi, or Khadrawy, date palm is botanically classified as Phoenix dactylifera. They are prized above all other dates for their extremely silky, melt-in-your-mouth consistency. Though sweet and sugary all throughout the harvest season, the Khadrawi is an especially coveted treat at the very end of autumn when the sugars crystalize giving it a pleasant crunchy bite.
Khadrawi dates are an excellent source of dietary fiber, folic acid, iron, potassium, protein and B-vitamins.
Khadrawi dates have a higher than average moisture content and have a virtually fiber-less interior making them ideal for purees. They melt beautifully into caramel sauces and are easily integrated in cookie doughs and cake batters. The Khadrawi does not maintain its texture well in recipes that call for date pieces. They do tend to spoil quickly due to their moisture content and should be kept cool and used immediately or frozen for longer term storage. Complementary flavors include chocolate, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cream, butter, coconut, orange, ginger, dark rum, brandy, nuts, fresh cheeses, poultry, pork and bacon.
The Khadrawi date palm is native to present day Iraq, and was first introduced to California in the early 1900’s. Date palms are considered by some to be the oldest cultivated crops on earth. They are a common sight throughout the Middle East, though the domestically grown Khadrawi is a rare find here in the United States.
Recipes that include Khadrawi Dates. One is easiest, three is harder.
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