"Just try it."
"It won't be so bad."
"You might even like it."
I still wasn't convinced.
But I tried. (The vendor at the Markthalle held the date out as a token of friendship. It was from her that I learned that food-shopping is different somehow when it starts with a handshake and a smile.)
Surprisingly good, surprisingly versatile, and surprisingly healthy. Rich in fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, magnesium, etc. A snack on the go...No cooking required.
When I told my colleagues the next day, "I never had a date before I came to Germany," they looked at me rather strangely. I explained. Then we all started laughing.
Packing now. Part II soon.