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    Default Do any supermarkets have cheap medjool dates?

    I eat a lot of medjool dates, but they're pretty expensive. Tesco's does a small box of organic dates (about 12) for 2. Waitrose are more expensive for non-organic. Does anyone know if ASDA, Morrison's, Sainsburys etc do them for a reasonable price?

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    Default Re: Do any supermarkets have cheap medjool dates?

    None that i know
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    Default Re: Do any supermarkets have cheap medjool dates?

    a while ago i did buy reasonable medjool dates from asda but haven't looked or been in there for a while now.

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    Default Re: Do any supermarkets have cheap medjool dates?

    FWIW there are some fairtrade organic ones here, which you can order in bulk

    http://www.naturalcollection.com/pro...ol-dates-250g/

    Suspect the prices aren't exactly rock bottom, even though I don't know how many dates you'd get in 250g

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    Default Re: Do any supermarkets have cheap medjool dates?

    Not many.

    Tesco organic are 1.97 for 200g (10-12 dates).
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    Default Re: Do any supermarkets have cheap medjool dates?

    Thanks for the replies, guys. Will check out Asda & Natural Collection to see if I get more dates for my money than Tescos. I'm addicted to making nut and seed mylks at the moment and they're the best sweetener- the dregs taste like caramel

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    Default Re: Do any supermarkets have cheap medjool dates?

    It should possibly be mentioned that the ones harpy linked to are Palestinian grown. I'd personally avoid Israeli dates sold in supermarkets, as I believe there's a chance they're grown in settlements:

    http://www.inminds.co.uk/boycott-israeli-dates.php
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    Yes am not keen on buying Israeli stuff at the moment, although I sometimes make exceptions if it's organic

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    I think I've only ever seen Israeli dates in stores... what other countries grow dates?

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    Default Re: Do any supermarkets have cheap medjool dates?

    God bless wikipedia:

    "Medjool or (Mujhoolah) (Arabic: 'unknown') — from Morocco, also grown in the USA, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Israel; a large, sweet and succulent date."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix...ivars_of_dates
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    Default Re: Do any supermarkets have cheap medjool dates?

    Just found these in case anyone's interested, they're fairtrade & grown in Tunisia. Not medjool though- look like deglet nour:

    http://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/pro...ed-dates-250g/

    1.99 for 250g

    I recently bought some Israeli deglet nour dates for about 2.70 from Waitrose, so these are cheaper

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    Default Re: Do any supermarkets have cheap medjool dates?

    haha, yeah, wikipedia is indeed king! I've never seen medjools from any of those places so will keep an eye out

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    Ouch. The same company has 250g packets of medjools for 4.69.

    Maybe I need to admit defeat and accept medjools aint cheap!

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    Default Re: Do any supermarkets have cheap medjool dates?

    Quote loveganism View Post
    haha, yeah, wikipedia is indeed king! I've never seen medjools from any of those places so will keep an eye out
    Sainsbury Organic in my local store are from the USA:

    http://www.twitpic.com/1g2jpt

    Very tasty too.
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    Default Re: Do any supermarkets have cheap medjool dates?

    I've got them occasionally from market stalls and greengrocers/organic shops. Could tell you where from Nottingham and Sheffield but it won't be much help.

    Try middle eastern food shops too?

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    That's a great idea, Charlotte! Thanks too, Pob!

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