Different kinds of dates are eaten at different stages of ripeness depending on when they are harvested. In Arabic, dates are known by their state of ripeness. Unripe is known as kimri. The 2nd stage is called khalal, where the date is crunchy and large. The 3rd stage of ripeness is known as rutab, which describes dates that are soft and ripe. And finally, ripe and sun-dried dates are called tamr.
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