By Meg Jernigan

Medjool dates, also known as "the king of dates," are sweet, crave-worthy and even healthy. They're great for snacking as well as sweetening up nutritious smoothies.

Medjool dates
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Medjool dates

Fresh dates will keep at room temperature for about 45 days. When stored in the refrigerator, they're good for up to 6 months. Frozen dates keep for up to a year.

Dried dates can be refrigerated for a year, or frozen for as long as 5 years.

Store dates in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag, and label the bag with the date you bought them.

If the dates develop a dusty exterior over time, it simply means the sugars are making their way to the surface. If you feel the need, wipe off the sugar with a damp paper towel or heat the dates over a very low temperature.