They are near enough to full size, some are still green and unripe (kimri) while others are changing colour and are crunchy to eat (khalal).
At these early stages of development they have a distinctive taste but they are regarded as a delicacy by locals and a foretaste of good things to come.
Dates are a good source of Vitamin C and they give a good energy boost in this unusually hot weather.
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Images: These photos were taken at the Kalba fruit and vegetable souq this week. Date vendors were offering a free taste and serving customers as they entered the front doors of the souq.