Tuesday, September 06, 2005
This is my favourite time of the year in Kuwait! It may be the hottest place on earth - some years it gets to over 50C - and it can get either very humid or very dry, but September is when the dates are ripe and ready for picking. They take months to develop and change from green through yellow, rosey reds and finally brown sometimes all on the same bunch. I call them mini Sticky Toffee Puddings because they are so sweet. I'm not sure why but the birds don't seem to be interested in them. I couldn't stand dates until I came to Kuwait. The ready packaged dried and shrivelled things I tried in the UK have nothing like the texture and taste of those that grow outside our windows.
I have to admit I don't know anything about the various types but I have it on good authority that the ones from Saudi Arabia are the best and are available here with various flavours. Some have aniseed and some have sesame seeds but I like them just as they are. And as if they weren't sweet enough you can get them chocolate coated and stuffed with almonds and sweet pastes. Divine!