Fresh dates for Ramadhan (buah kurma)

The month of Ramadhan starts tomorrow which means Muslims will fast from dawn to dusk for a whole month until Syawal when they celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri. However, this year, the supermarkets are exceptionally early with their promotions and displays. Many bigger supermarket have spruced up their place several weeks ago.

Non-Muslim like me also love the month of Ramadhan because there are many goodies that are found only once a year. One is the Pasar Ramadhan. The other is the fresh dates imported from Saudi Arabia. The above red date is the Saudi Arabia Huluwa. It turns dark red when ripen. The taste is extremely sweet.

This yellow date is the Barhi variety. I bought these from Gama Supermarket for only RM1.30 per 100 grams. There are some still stuck to their stem but I choose these loose dates because they are ripe and ready to be eaten. The yellow colour fruits are tart and not as nice. The ripe, brownish colour fruits taste like caramel, a little bit like ciku, the firm flesh reminds me of persimmon but they taste really sweet and nice altogether.

If you have not taste Saudi Arabia fresh dates before, do give it try if you have a sweet-tooth. I just checked my entry last year. I bought a small stem for RM18 but this year, I got almost the same quantity for only RM4.50. Hmmm…Gama priced the dates wrongly or was I overcharged last year?

To all Muslim readers of MalaysiaBest.net, ‘SELAMAT BERPUASA’. I hope to fill this blog with lots of Ramadhan goodies, so do visit when you have berbuka puasa! 🙂

Post Author: Lilian

Food, travel, recipes. Chinese Malaysian, blogger, photographer and writer.

4 thoughts on “Fresh dates for Ramadhan (buah kurma)

    babe_kl

    (September 24, 2006 - 8:41 am)

    eh so cheap geh? my colik gave me one of the yellow one. the first couple of bites kinda numbing taste but after more bites they were pretty normal. she told me its RM18 per kg!

    QuaVadis

    (September 25, 2006 - 12:04 pm)

    I had those fresh arabic dates two Ramadhan ago and I planted one of the seats in my mom’s cactus pot and a few months later it sprouted and has since transplanted it to a large “kiam nui” jar filled it with sand and the date tree is now growing slowly and maybe a few Ramadhans’ down the road I will have my own fresh dates to give to my muslim friends hahahaha

    tonixe

    (September 25, 2006 - 2:31 pm)

    hi, nice pics to start Ramadan.
    I look forward to the Main Course !

    Erina Law

    (September 25, 2006 - 7:05 pm)

    Used this date to make cake but choose those with softer skin. Taste good !!!! Get those unseed one and stuff it with toasted almond. Make it like a kind of dessert.

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