Are dates raw?

RawsikiRawsiki Raw Newbie

This may be a stupid question, but I really don’t know. When purchasing pitted dates, do you have to watch out for anything, or can you just buy them knowing that they are fresh fruits?


  • yes, I heard from somewhere that dates that are shiny in the outside are not raw. Really rew dates are harder too.

  • Luna bluLuna blu Raw Newbie

    Medjool date are not hard if you get nice fresh ones. I do beleive they are raw. I certainly hope so, I just love them!

  • geniusrawmodel23geniusrawmodel23 Raw Newbie

    I think some are steamed to keep them fresh or something…so therefore not raw..but I have gotten raw ones from a local date farm here in the desert(Palm Springs). They specifically said that they were not heated or processed in any way, so therefore “raw”.

  • ZoeZoe Raw Newbie

    check the label, often glazing agents and vegetable oil are added.

  • Luna blu,

    If you bought them fresh, then they are definitely raw, I meant that about the dried ones.

  • TomsMomTomsMom Raw Newbie

    I read that the fresh fruits are routinely pasteurized before drying, but I don’t know how, if by heat or chemical. Also, which kind are dried in ovens or on the tree. I wish I knew; I love using them as a sweetner and texturizer.

  • CarmentinaCarmentina Raw Newbie

    If you buy your dates at certain places like Chinese shops, expect a sugar glaze too. Yuck. Here’s a cool link to a YouTube talk about dates by the DATE PEOPLE (as a well reputed website you can buy raw organic dates from).

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