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The New Basics Cookbook

By Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso

Published 1989

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Dates are called the candy that grows on trees, for they are fully one-half sugar. More than 100 varieties are grown in southern California. They are classed soft, semidry, or dry, depending on how soft they are when ripe. Dates are excellent in baking—contributing both sweetness and richness—in salads, and combined with other fruits. They are a good source of vitamins A and B, calcium, and iron.