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medjool dates in Toronto

Has anyone bought medjool dates from Nasr or Arz lately?

I'm curious to hear what the going rate is. I paid $6.99/lb at a non- Middle Eastern shop, and not sure whether the prices are significantly better on Lawrence East.

Also, would the quality at Nasr/Arz/elsewhere be significantly higher than what one finds at a Sun Valley/Whole Foods/Pusateri's? Or is it pretty much the same product?

Thanks for any comments.

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  1. I bought a box of medjool dates grown in California from NoFrills recently.

    Although Californian, they were the real deal -- large and tasty. The price escapes me at the moment, but seeing as it was NoFrills I think they were reasonable.

    1. I get mine at Costco, also Californian. Great price, don't know what it works out to per pound, and very, very fresh.

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      1. re: childofthestorm

        Most of the Medjool dates you find at Costco/Loblaws/No Frills come from a company called Bard Valley in California. Costco sells them for $10.99 2lb box.

        1. re: ComeUndone

          Actually, I think Bard Valley is the growing region, in California.

      2. i just go into a Turkish or Armenian restaurant and buy one of the many boxes they sell. they are tasty and cheap but...i wonder what kind of preservatives are in there.

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          1. I bought dates at No Frills a few weeks ago and they were AWESOME. Stuffed them with a mix of mascarpone and goat cheese and wrapped them in proscuitto. AMAZING. those apps flew!