ORDER from a Date farmer in California, such as The Date People or Bautista!
I only eat fresh dates... preferably straight from the farmer.
Do you live in America? If so, there are plenty of date farmer's to choose from. I get mine from the Date People. Their number is 760-359-3211 - call them up and place an order!!! Date season is almost over but they may still have some 2nds for half price. They are DIVINE and don't even compare to the dried out fruit.
fresh dates for the win!!!!
Turn em back into fresh by making 'datorade'.
If I didnt have dates or bananas, Id find it IMPOSSIBLE to be a high vitality raw fooder like I am today.
Bananas and dates are the 'rice and pasta' for humans wanting peak performance in the long run. Just as you wont find any high energy cooked foodders that dont eat starches as their staple, you wont find any high energy raw fooders that dont eat bananas as their staple. No wonder people that shy from date/bananas lean towards honey in the raw food world. Someone might say 'but what about such and such, they dont eat bananas/dates?' Yeah, thats cos they are getting a big whack of their carb cals from honey.
If you want to be a no grainer, its a no brainer. Bananas and dates. Say no to hatorade and yes to datorade.
Buy as fresh as possible, "wet dates" are the best and the freshest that you can get, what I heard.
Also, soak over night if they are dry.