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Aug 5, 2002 11:12 AM

Where can I find Dromedary Dates?

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I live in Cleveland, Ohio and used to love these dates - they were the best in the world! Unfortunately, I haven't seen them in any supermarket for a very long time. I don't even remember who makes them, but if anyone knows if they still make them or where I can find them, I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

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    Richard Kinder

    Here I am looking for the same answer!
    We were searching for dates yesteday in vain, nothing but junk or nothing at all at Kroger, Meijer....

    Only fresh and/or over-priced at health food chains.

    Found Dole brand in small IGA. (They say if you're single, one of the best places to look for a date is at the market. Chopped, diced or pitted, I wasn't picky) but I kept saying to everyone " Hey, don't you remember good old pressed and pitted sticky Dromedary brand dates, for cryin' out loud?"

    I think maybe the old humper sold out to Dole maybe.

    I'm off on my search. Let me know if you had any luck finding the oasis....

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    1. re: Richard Kinder

      Not found in Washington DC area, Montgomery Alabama, Tampa Florida, or seven other points enroute. Most supermarket personnel we talked to had not heard of them.
      Bought DOLE but haven't used them yet

      1. re: Marshel

        i'm trying to find them too! Any luck anyone?

        1. re: Marshel

          I was getting them at my local Food Lion until this winter. I have not asked the manager what the "deal" is yet. Now, this Food Lion is selling their own brand of dates which are as good as anyone's. California dates are not as sweet and "melt in your mouth" as Dromedary Brand
          I wonder if all the wars in Africa and Turkey and Pakistan and Afghanistanb and Iran are messing up their production and export.

          1. re: jim strock

            Last year I found them at the 99 cent store in Long Beach, California. I haven't found them anywhere else except for Amazon, for more than double the price.... Probably worth it though

      2. i'm not sure this will be helpful but i study the company that used to make dromedary dates. hills brothers of ny (not to be confused with the coffee company, which started in san fran) started out in the late 1890's importing dates from the basra area of what was then the ottoman empire. at some point before world war i, their dates were branded and packaged as "dromedary dates." apparently it was something of a revolution in marketing, putting these loose items into discreet packages. since my research goes from 1890-1920, i have no idea what happened to hills brothers or dromedary dates, but in all likelyhood they were probably absorbed into one of the conglomerates that ate up the small business food industry. also, there connections were in iraq, which, since about 1980 has been a scene of warfare.

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        1. re: professorj

          The Hills brothers were in my family. William hills founded the dromedary date company. It was bought by nabisco

          1. re: Kjdamc

            Do you have a copy of the recipe for the date nut bread that was printed on the back of the box?