What's Tasty at Sigona's Farmers Market

November 1, 2011

John Sigona’s Dried Fruit Pick of the Week: Jumbo, new crop Medjool dates

John Sigona’s Dried Fruit Pick of the Week: Jumbo, new crop Medjool dates

Whoa! And I really mean Whoa!! Am I excited about these…

New-crop Medjools have arrived, and I have purchased the best of the best!

You will smile with delight and your taste buds will be “Dancing with the Stars” when you indulge in one of these fabulous, jumbo Medjool Dates!

I promise you will love them, and here’s why:

  • Superb, unmatched quality
  • Very rich, very sweet with a fudge-like consistency, try eating them directly out of the freezer—excellent!!
  • Rare, jumbo size (less than 1% of this year’s entire crop)
  • Biggest and best you’ll find anywhere
  • From The Imperial County, California, which produces the best dates in the world
  • This year you may find this incredible quality only at Sigona’s

You will find these beauties in our bulk displays, and in all of our beautiful holiday gift packs…check out our “Gold Boxes” and our Gift Trays…they make terrific gifts!

These excellent Medjool Dates are so limited this year that I was only able to secure a partial year’s supply—when we sell out of these exquisite, jumbo-size Medjools, there will be no more…we will have other very good quality Medjool Dates throughout the year, but they will not be as superbly excellent as are these Jumbos…so I invite you to load up while the supply lasts!

Some Nutritional Facts:

  • High Fiber, with 6g per 3 oz. serving
  • Good source of potassium, iron and copper
  • Excellent source of magnesium (10% per 3 oz. serving)
  • Medjool Dates consist of 2% protein
John outside with produce

John Sigona is the dried fruit & nut buyer for Sigona's Farmers Markets in Palo Alto and Redwood City, Calif.


  • Room Temperature—good for at least two weeks
  • Refrigeration—good for two to three months
  • Freeze—good for six to eight months

Eat ‘em up! Medjools are an excellent, healthy alternative to sugar or honey when diced and mixed with:

  • Oatmeal
  • Cereals
  • Muffins
  • Cookies
  • Trail mixes
  • Fresh Fruit Smoothies
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage Cheese

Ricotta & Mascarpone Stuffed Medjool Dates

A wonderful sweet treat and great replacement for a processed dessert.

Medjool Dates are very high in minerals, vitamins and fiber. Because dates are high on the glycemic chart, I love this combination with a bit of creamy cheese and nuts to take away the “hit” of any potential sugar rush. 

This desert typically has from 65-100 calories per date depending on the size.

This new crop just harvested are jumbo-sized and are the largest I’ve ever seen. They will be more like 100 calories each.

The dates have zero fat. Stuffed with this creamy cheese combination, the desert will have about one gram of fat. They have about 18 grams of carbohydrates.

Combining the Ricotta with the Mascarpone makes for a very low-fat desert, yet still delivers a refreshing light creamy combination. Be sure to super chill the cheeses.

As an option you can use all Mascarpone. This sweet, Italian cream cheese is smooth, naturally sweet and weights in at 6 grams of fat per tablespoon, as compared to about 1 gram of fat in the part skim ricotta.


  • 2 TBL part skim Ricotta
  • 1 TBL Mascarpone
  • 7-10 Medjool Dates
  • 8 Crushed Almonds


With a small paring knife make, a slit lengthwise down the date. Slightly squeeze the ends of the date to remove the pit.

Combine the Ricotta and Mascarpone. These both should be very chilled.

Place the creamy cheese combination into a pastry bag or a gallon zip lock bag. If using a zip lock bag make a tiny cut to the corner so you can use it in place of a pastry bag.

Fill each date with the creamy cheese mixture. Sprinkle lightly with crushed almonds.


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