Add satisfying sweetness to a whole range of dishes with these rich, succulent fruits.
From cheese-stuffed dates with prosciutto, which you could throw together as a starter, to breakfast date bars that are the perfect way to break your fast in the mornings - here's how to make the most of this sweet fruit.
Breakfast date bars
Chewy fruit and nut bars are a great start to the day and a good option for on-the-go snacking. These super easy bars are made up dates, almonds, peanut butter, chia seeds and porridge oats. And better yet, they can be ready in 10 minutes, plus 30 minutes for chilling.
Cheese-stuffed dates with prosciutto
Looking for the perfect dinner party canapé? Feast your eyes on these delicious sticky dates which have been filled with creamy soft cheese and walnuts. Nobody will guess how easy they are to prepare...
Date and ginger chutney
We love a chutney, and this fruity offering, which is made from dates, apples, ginger, a glug of red wine vinegar and mustard, is no exception. It's perfect for a ploughman's lunch or would work as a tasty stuffing for baked apples. The chutney keeps for up to a month once opened and stored in the fridge.
Moroccan slow-cooked lamb
Dates add rich depth to this tasty stew, which has been slow-cooked for 8 hours. It's spiced with cinnamon sticks, flavoured with lamb stock and topped with colourful dates and pomegranate seeds. Serve with couscous, rice or crunchy bread.