I bought some dates at a local market recently and now I see little white spots on them. They have not been refrigerated. Does anyone know if this is the fruit sugar crystallizing or is this some mold?
When my dates start to barely dry out after opening them, the sugar crystallizes. I never refrigerate mine. I've not seen it on unopened dates though.
I did open the package and use a few right after I bought them. But it's not a grocery store resealable bag so I've had the opened package in a resealable container.
Yeah, it's just that sugar. I just looked at mine (in my pantry in a pyrex) and they have white on them. It kind of flakes off like icing and tastes sweet. :)
Almost certainly this is crystallized sugar; I've had this happen with dates quite a few times.