Where to find dates in the grocery store?

Dates are nutritious fruits that grow on the date palm tree, and have become quite popular in recent years.

They are plucked fresh and smooth from their source, and then dried to prevent spoilage.

Unripe date fruits in a date palm tree

You can tell a dried date by its wrinkled skin. Dates are usually small in size, and range in color from red to bright yellow. 

In this guide, you’ll learn what kind of dates grocery store have and where to find them.

Where would I find dates in the grocery store?

If your target is fresh dates, you should check in the Produce department first.

Most grocery stores have one, and it’s where they stash fresh fruits and vegetables.

Kroger fresh produce aisle

If you don’t find it there, try the section with dried fruits and nuts.

Alternatively, you can head to the Bulk aisle. That’s where you can buy dates cheaply.

Bulk bins in the grocery store

Remember that most grocery stores have different layouts, so don’t be shy to ask for help if your search isn’t successful.

On that note, you should check out our piece on the different sections of a grocery store. It will help you visualize what each aisle should look like for proper navigation.

How do you buy fresh dates?

Always look out for plumpness when buying fresh dates. Dates should have a glossy glow to their skin.

If they look like they’ve got crystallized sugar on their skin, don’t buy them.

That means they’re not fresh and it’s one of the 3 signs that it’s time to toss your dates

As dates continue to grow on their home trees, they crystalize. This results in white spots appearing on their skin. But don’t be alarmed as it’s not mold.

Person picking dates into a Ziploc bag at the grocery store

If you’re out of options and crystalized dates are the only dates grocery store have, you can buy and heat them up at home.

That should help the dates reabsorb the crystalized sugars.

Where do I find fresh dates?

Amazon

Amazon is one of the largest online stores where you can find almost anything you need. Here are our top 3 picks of the best-selling bulk deal dates to buy on Amazon:

Terrasoul Superfoods organic Medjool dates

Terrasoul Superfoods Medjool dates
$14.99

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Joolies Ugglies organic whole Medjool Dates

Joolies Ugglies organic Medjool dates product on Amazon
$24.99

Purchase on Amazon


Two-pack brown Barhi organic fresh dates

Two pack organic Barhi dates product on Amazon
$22.99

Purchase on Amazon


Walmart

You can find dates in the Dried fruit and veggie aisle in Walmart. But it’s best if you use Walmart’s online store locator to save time. It should tell you where the correct aisle in your location is.

Kroger

Kroger sells Sunsweet pitted dates, as well as other types. Like Walmart, it has an online store locator you can use to find the correct aisle. Kroger also has a Produce section, so you can check there for fresh dates.

Safeway

At most Safeway stores, there’s a Produce section where dates can be found. Just look out for dates in plastic containers.

King Soopers

King Soopers has fresh dates in stock and they are kept at the Produce department with the bananas and other fruits.

Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods is our number one plug for buying organic and natural foods. Like the other stores, Whole Foods has a Produce section. So you can bet that they’ve got fresh dates in stock.

Target

At Target, you’ll find dates at the Dried fruit aisle. We recommend trying their Desert Valley Medjool dates.


FAQs

What are the different types of dates fruit?

Part of everything you need to know about dates is that there are over 1500 different varieties of the fruit worldwide.

While we certainly can’t list them all, we’ve made a short list of the popular varieties to help you identify them at the grocery store:

  • Medjool dates – has a sweet, natural caramel taste with soft and sticky texture. Usually sold dried, yet undehydrated.   
  • Ajwa dates – has dark brown, sometimes almost black, color. Soft and fruity prune-like taste. Usually expensive.
  • Thoory dates – firm pastry-like texture with nutty flavor. Semi-sweet and commonly sold dry and hard.
  • Amber dates – soft and fleshy exterior with moderate sweetness and nutty flavor.
  • Zahidi dates – round with golden brown flesh when ripe. Mildly sweet, nutty and buttery flavor. Highly recommended for cooking.

Are dates high in sugar?

Yes, dates are high in sugar and can have excessively sweet tastes in just a small bite.

However, the sugar they contain is the natural type mostly present in fruits.

One dried Medjool date carries approximately 16 grams of sugar, and 67 calories.

But it shouldn’t be a cause of concern when dates are consumed with moderation.

Can diabetics eat dates?

Dates have a low Glycemic Index (GI) and medium Glycemic Index (GL), meaning the chances of them spiking your blood sugar level are low.

That being said, diabetics can eat dates. However, it is recommended that people with diabetes eat 1 or 2 date fruits at a time.


Now that you know the types of dates grocery store have, you can also check out these other guides to make your shopping trips a breeze: