Sadly this is not an isolated incident and sometimes the Zahidi does not get the respect of the farmers who grow them. Usually the Zahidi is the last to be bagged in the summer, and sometimes if the farmers are behind, they won't bother bagging them. There have been attempts over the year to rebrand the Zahidi, some have even gone so far as to try and change the name when selling them, These attempts however have ended in failure.
The Zahidi is classified as a semidry variety, and it is usually ready for harvest in mid September. Due to their toughness and dryness they keep well for extended periods of time. While in college I kept a large box in my dorm room at room temperature for a couple of months until I finished them. If you are interested in purchasing Zahidi please check out our date varieties page, or come by the ranch in mid September and pick up a box of freshly picked dates.