Dates are usually sold packaged, in narrow boxes or in compact blocks. If you buy fresh, look for the date flesh, moisture and softness, and shiny skin.
Fresh dates can be slightly wrinkled, but they should not be hard to the touch or with sugar crystals in their skin. Fresh and dried dates are similar in appearance, except that dried dates are slightly wrinkled; They should be plump and shiny and even colored.
Fresh dates can be stored for up to 6 months when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Dried dates have a longer shelf life, for example, they can be stored for a year. Freezing dates increases the life of this fruit.
Due to the fact that dates contain a lot of carbohydrates (sugary substances), it is considered a suitable environment for the growth of microorganisms, especially yeasts, so we recommend keeping soft and fresh dates in the refrigerator. The cold interior of the refrigerator reduces the growth of microorganisms and the activity of enzymes. In general, dates can be stored in the refrigerator for about 8 months, but there is no problem in storing dry dates outside the refrigerator and in closed containers. Dried dates can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one year.