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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Dates

What do dates taste like?

Dried dates are wrinkled outside, but sweet, delicious and sticky inside. They have flavor examples: chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, honey, nuts.


When are dates harvested?

We harvest our dates between October through December depending on the variety.


Which are the driest date varieties?

The Thoory and Kway are the driest varieties. The Thoory date is firm with a sweet, cashew-like flavor; while the Kway has the same texture with a toasty flavor profile.


Which are the softest date varieties?

The King Medjool and Barhi Date Fruit are the softest varieties. King Medjool dates are big and luxurious; Barhi dates are creamy with a caramel-like flavor.


How many date varieties do you offer?

Our date selection consists of over 16 varieties. That's a lotta Dates!


Can you eat raw dates?

Yes, you can eat fresh, raw dates just as they are! Date fruits are great as a snack; or with a cup of coffee or mug of tea alongside to cut the sweetness. There are many ways to enjoy fresh dates. You can add them to your sweet or savory dishes and desserts. You can cook them down with enough moisture and make a great filling for filled sugar cookies or bread pudding instead of raisins.


Are Dates a good source of antioxidants?

All date varieties – fresh or dried – contain different types of antioxidants. Fresh dates contain carotenoids and anthocyanins, while dried dates are full of polyphenols.


How do dates ripen?

Stages of date fruit

Dates are actually ripened in four stages. These stages are typically known by their Arabic names: kimri (green and unripe), khalal (ripe and crunchy), rhutab (ripe and soft), and tamr (ripe and sun-dried).


What does a Date Palm look like?

Date Palm Tree

The date palm can grow up to 75 feet tall. Its stem is marked with the pruned stubs of old leaf bases that end in a crown of beautiful pinnate leaves about 16 feet long. It's fruit bunches protrude from top of the tree and hang down around the beginning of the palm leaves. Leaves are typically green in color and the stem is typically brown in color. Fruit bunches are characterized by a combination of white, off-white, or yellow vines with date fruit at the end that varies in color depending on the variant of date fruit. 


What is the shelf life of dates?

The shelf life of Date Fruit is: 70° F - Ambient 4-6 Months; 45° F - Refrigeration 6-9 Months; -5° F - Frozen 15-20 Months.


Are dates raw?

Yes, Oasis dates are naturally sun dried, raw, and grown the Organic way in our California farms.


Why are my dates covered in sugar specs?

Sugar within the fruit sometimes migrates through osmosis from inside to the outside causing white specs on the surface. You can revert the sugar back into the dates easily. Just soak your date fruit in hot water or your favorite milk. Soaking the dates returns lost moisture to the fruit and softens the flesh, leaving them with the same super-sweet flavor!


Are Oasis Dates Certified?

Yes, Oasis dates are Certified Organic, Global G.A.P, Gluten-Free, Halal, Vegan and Kosher.

Oasis Date Certifications

Do you offer international shipping?

Yes, please view our shipping policy: https://oasisdate.com/policies/shipping-policy


How do I make changes to my order?

Please contact customer service for assistance. Call 800-827-8017


What is your Return Policy?

See our Perishable Item Returns Policy or contact customer service for assistance: https://oasisdate.com/policies/refund-policy


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