The Future of Medjool Date Packing DATEPAC, LLC

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Datepac, LLC receives many questions on a daily basis concerning Medjool dates as well as dates in general. We have generated this list to assist you in finding the answers to these questions.

Do you consider your Medjool Dates to be gluten-free?
Are there Organic Medjool Dates available?
Is it possible to order direct from the farms?
Are your Medjool Dates Kosher?
Do your dates contain any dairy or milk products? Are they processed on a line which contains these allergens?
Do your dates contain any nuts? Are they processed on a line which contains these allergens?
Does the color vary or should it always be the same?
Should Medjool Dates be stored in the refrigerator?
What is the shelf life of the Medjool Dates?
What is the harvest season for Medjool Dates?
Are the Medjool Dates bad if they have a white crystal on the skin?
Do you use commercial fertilizers on your Medjool Dates?
Do you add sulphur to the Medjool Dates?
Do you use pesticides on your Medjool Date trees?
Are your Medjool Dates considered Raw?
Are the Medjool Dates "ready to eat" right out of the container or should I be washing them first?


Do you consider your Medjool Dates to be gluten-free?
Yes, we do consider our Medjool Dates to be gluten-free.

Are there Organic Medjool Dates available?
We do have farms that are Certified Organic by CCOF, California Certified Organic Farmers.

Is it possible to order direct from the farms?
We do have outlet stores on the farms. Please see our links to find where.

Are your Medjool Dates Kosher?
Yes, our facilities have been inspected and we have a Kosher certificate. Please see our certificate on our web site.

Do your dates contain any dairy or milk products? Are they processed on a line which contains these allergens?
No, our Medjool Dates do not contain any dairy products. They are not processed on a pack line containing these allergens.

Do your dates contain any nuts? Are they processed on a line which contains these allergens?
We do manufacture almond, coconut, and pistacio date rolls in our packing facility.

Does the color vary or should it always be the same?
The color of the Medjool is generally a dark rich color but it does vary from amber to dark depending on the soil conditions of the fields.

Should Medjool Dates be stored in the refrigerator?
We do recommend storing the Medjool Dates in the refrigerator if you will be keeping them for a period of time. It helps to hold the moisture and this holds the flavor.

What is the shelf life of the Medjool Dates?
As a rule we estimate 45 days at room temperature; 6 months refrigerated; and 1 year frozen. The Medjool Dates will not necessarily go bad at room temperature but they will tend to dry out.

What is the harvest season for Medjool Dates?
We harvest from approximately August thru October and continue packing throughout most of the year. We have strived to supply our Medjool Dates year round.

Are the Medjool Dates bad if they have a white crystal on the skin?
With Medjool Dates, when they start to dry out the sugar will move to the surface of the date and appear as a crystal powdery substance. They are not bad but may be old or may not have been stored properly. A damp paper towel will remove the sugar and re-moisten the date. Also, heating the Medjool Dates will remove or absorb the sugar.

Do you use commercial fertilizers on your Medjool Dates?
Some farms are certified organic and do not use any commercial fertilizers but the non organic farms can and do use commercial fertilizers.

Do you add sulphur to the Medjool Dates?
No. Though the Medjool Date is sometimes called a dried fruit, it is actually a fresh fruit and there are no sulphites or other additives on the dates as there would be on actual dried fruit.

Do you use pesticides on your Medjool Date trees?
No. Here in the southern most part of California and Arizona , there is no pest requiring us to spray our trees with any pesticides.

Are your Medjool Dates considered Raw?
This I will leave up to the experts. When Medjool Dates are laid out in the sun here in the desert, the outside temperatures can hit 110 – 118 degrees Fahrenheit. The inside of the date can reach 120 degrees F+ under these extreme conditions. That is why I can not say if it is considered Raw or not. I do know that they are all natural.

Are the Medjool Dates "ready to eat" right out of the container or should I be washing them first?
Most people I see eat the dates right out of the tub. I have never heard of any problems from doing this. The dates are washed, packed and shipped. However, as a basic sanitation issue, we recommend washing all fruits and vegetables before eating.

 

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April 17, 2014 2:02 AM