Zahidi dates are a rarer type of date that are characteristically small and firm with a handsome golden hue. Date lovers looking to try something different might be pleasantly delighted with the curious and peanut-buttery flavor of the Zahidi variety. This type of date is also much less sweet than most date varieties.
The Zahidi date palm is in the family Arecaceae and botanically classified as Phoenix dactylifera. Of the three types of dates, dry, semi-dry and soft, the Zahidi is considered to be a semi-dry variety. It is sometimes known as the “butter date” for both its light flavor and pale tan color.
Zahidi dates are medium sized and distinctively oval in shape. They have pale brown skin and a thick, golden inner flesh that surrounds a single seed. When compared to the Medjool which is often regarded as the standard in the date world, they have a considerably lower sugar content. Chewy, and semi-dry in texture, the Zahidi date has a mildly sweet, nutty and buttery flavor with a subtle tang reminiscent of dried apricots.
Zahidi dates are highly nutritious and a rich source of dietary fiber. They contain iron, potassium, B-vitamins, flavonoids, antioxidants and almost all twenty amino acids.