Now is a very good time to buy palm-tree dates because they are a common food during Ramadan. Whole Foods sells many varieties of dates, beyond the two varieties you might know. These other varieties are very good. A bit more expensive, but still cheaper by the pound than most nutrition bars. In one photo below, you’ll also see dried Turkish figs, another great treat usually sold at Whole Foods, and about half the price of dates.
These dates (at this store) come from Sahara Date Company in Virginia, and you can order directly from them.