Gokulam Black Dates are oval-cylindrical in shape, 3-7 cm long, and 2-3 cm in diameter. When ripe, they become black while the raw one ranges in color from bright red to bright yellow, depending on the variety. Dates contain a single seed about 2-2.5 cm long and 6-8 mm thick, surrounded by a thick pulp that gets sticky when ripe. What are the benefits of eating black dates? There are several ways to add dates to your diet. One popular way to eat them is as a natural sweetener in various dishes. They also make a great snack. It’s easiest to find dates in their dried form, though these are higher in calories than fresh fruit so it is important to eat them in moderation. Black dates contain a high percentage of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and dietary fiber. They contain elemental fluorine that is useful in protecting teeth against decay. Selenium, which improves immune function and is believed to help prevent cancer, is also found in dates.