My mother used to purchase dates occasionally as a snack when I was growing up and they were something we would have during holidays as well. I remember not being a big fan of them at the time but I had not had any for probably forty years or more. We purchased some from the local supermarket and Alex and I gave them a try. Medjool is a brand out of southern California.
I am hesitant to give them a negative review being from a supermarket but neither Alex or I thought much of them. The texture was similar to a raisin or prune but the flavor was weak and insipid. I will withhold my final evaluation until I try some fresh dates in Africa or the middle east.