I also saw fresh dates for sale but then they were not that easily available as the dried ones. The fresh dates that are pictured above appear to be soft or semi-soft. So what is the difference between a fresh date and a dried one. A dry date simply contains less moisture than a soft date. Fresh dates, if kept in an airtight container, stay fresh for up to 8 months if kept refrigerated, or for up to year in the freezer. A dried date is deliberately dehydrated to remove its moisture. Dried dates have a longer shelf-life than the fresh. Dried dates if refrigerated in an airtight container stay fresh for up to one year, and if in the freezer can last up to five years.
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