It’s not always possible to know what date variety you’re buying. However they are all interchangeable.
MEDJOOL DATES have a semi-soft texture and caramel-like taste.
HALAWY DATES have a thick flesh that is wrinkled and ranges from a yellow to amber colour. They have a sweet taste not unlike caramel.
BARHI DATES are a medium size with soft skin and a slightly caramelized flavour.
HONEY DATES have soft, rubycoloured skin, a creamy texture and a deeply sweet taste.
DEGLET NOOR DATES have a firm flesh and are red in colour. This variety is the most widely produced in the U.S. and is also the most readily available.