Dates are the fruit of the date palms, a typical plant of the Middle-Eastern region. It was known thousands of years ago and named the tree of life or the blessed tree as not only did they eat its fruit, but they also used other parts of the tree for various other purposes, for example, using its leaves to weave various utility objects. The fruit of the tree, the dates, have been consumed in both raw and dried form for ages as they quickly recognized its nourishing properties, plus thanks to its small size, it could be easily carried by wandering nomads.
The energy content of dates is mostly due to sugar, yet it also contains a small amount of protein, coupled with an insignificant amount of fat. Additionally, it contains a number of vital vitamins, antioxidants and minerals as well as a significant amount of fiber compared to other fruits.
Thanks to its sugar content, dates can be a useful and natural source of energy, for example, for those engaged in sports or grueling physical labor, who need a higher than average amount of energy. Those with a sweet tooth who previously favored chocolate, sweets or biscuits can also switch to eating dates, as this way, they can cut down on empty calories and ensure a supply of useful nutrients.
The fiber in dates has a beneficial effect on digestion. A few dates can also help mitigate constipation.
Dates can be eaten raw as they are a fine delicacy all to themselves. Still, they can also be used for cooking and baking, as an ingredient in salads, starters and entrées and sauces, not just desserts. It is an indispensable feature in numerous Middle-Eastern dishes.
A autumnal, mixed salad can be made truly unique with a few dates. If you want to indulge in even more delights, you can add a hint of balsamic vinegar that perfectly suits the sweetness of the dates.
In the case of desserts made with dates, it’s important to cut down on the amount of added sugar due to the sweetness of the fruit. In some cases, sugar can be omitted altogether as dates can provide the necessary sweetness on its own. This allows creating healthier dishes with a lower energy content.
Nutritional value (per 100 g):
||1450 kJ / 341 kcal
|| 0,03 g
|- of which saturates:
|| 0 g
|| 81,9 g
|- of which sugar:
|| 67,4 g
|| 2,2 g
|| 0,8175 g
Storage: Keep in a cold, dry place!
Country of origin: Iran