During the cool months, dates make a nice option for a post-meal sweet. Though simple, they somehow seem luxurious, and I always love eating foods that have been cultivated and treasured for thousands of years. There are many kinds of dates to choose from, but the most commonly available are Deglet Noor, semisweet and firm, and the plump, moist Medjool. In the autumn, you can sometimes get fresh Barhee dates on the branch. Middle Eastern groceries are a good place to buy an assortment of dates and discover which you like best. Adorning a sweet date with a rich filling may seem like gilding the lily, and it is, but you’ll be satisfied with only one or two.