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! 🙂