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The Barhi date provides a varying degree of sweetness depending upon its ripeness level, ranging from fresh sugar cane to coconut and butterscotch. They are smaller and more spherical than other varieties and usually have a small fragment of the stem cap still attached to one end. When semi-ripe the Barhi date has a golden yellow color and a crunchy apple-like texture with a slight sweetness and mild astringency. It will turn a brownish color as it ripens, becoming soft and chewy with a thin crisp outer skin. With further ripening, the development of a richer sugar content brings out more butterscotch notes and a caramel candy quality.
Barhi dates are available for a short season on the fall.
The Barhi, or Barhee, date comes from the date palm botanically classified as Phoenix dactylifera, and is considered the sweetest and creamiest of its species. Due to its lower than average astringency, this date is unique in its edibility during all three stages of ripeness: semi-ripe (Khalal), fully ripe (rutab) and dried wrinkled (tamr). It is usually eaten fresh and seldom in the final dried, wrinkled stage. A real delicacy, the Barhi date has an extremely short season and is seldom shipped because of its fragility.
Barhi dates are a rich source of fiber, iron, potassium, B-vitamins, flavonoids and antioxidants.
Dates are an excellent way to naturally sweeten just about anything without the use of refined sugar. Barhi dates are especially versatile in this manner due to their rich butterscotch flavor and smooth texture. They are often simply eaten as a snack on their own, but once pitted, the dates may be diced or pureed and added into oatmeal, smoothies, shakes, baked goods, green salads and rice dishes. Their small size does not make them an ideal stuffing date, but they are particularly good for dicing and melting into a caramel sauce for a sticky date pudding cake. Complimentary flavors include nuts, chocolate, coffee, cream, maple syrup, cinnamon, coconut, orange, bananas, apricots, brandy, rum, cheese and bacon. Store ripe Barhi dates in the refrigerator, but they should be left out to soften at room temperature before eating so as to fully enjoy their chewy yet buttery soft texture.
The name Barhi is derived from Arabic meaning “a hot wind”.
Ancient Arabs were known to eat as many as six pounds of dates in a single day, and were incidentally the healthiest and most vigorous members of the human race at that time. The Barhi palm was introduced to California in 1913 from Basra, Iraq. It was originally quite unpopular and not very widely distributed, however, with each passing year the Barhi date has become more and more prevalent in the marketplace.
Recipes that include Barhi Dates. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Use Real Butter||Tahini-Date Salted Caramels|
|GastRAWnomica||Raw Caramel & Chocolate Bars|
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Santa Monica Farmers Market
Robert LowerNear Santa Monica, California, United States
Flying Disc Ranch
P.O. Box 201, Thermal 92274
About 286 days ago, 9/14/16
Spotter's comments : Barhi Dates spotted at Santa Monica Farmers Market.
Little Italy Mercato Near San Diego, California, United States
About 318 days ago, 8/13/16
Spotter's comments : Barhi Dates spotted at Little Italy Mercato.