Nuts About Dates
All You Need To Know About Date Fruits
Eatnuts.com Dates have been a staple food of the Middle East and the Indus Valley for thousands of years. They are believed to have originated around Iraq, and have been cultivated since ancient times from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt, possibly as early as 4000 BCE. The Ancient Egyptians used the fruits to make date wine, and ate them at harvest. Eatnuts.com Dates are the fruit of the date palm, maturing in large groups underneath the protective fronds of the date palm tree. These magical palms can grow as tall as 100ft and continue to produce their delicious fruit for more than sixty years.
Dates are dark brown and around 1.5" in length. They are yellow in the early stages of maturing, known as "kimri". The next stage of maturity is known as "khlal", which means full-sized and crunchy. The final stage is referred to as "rutab", when the fruit is fully ripened and soft, and "tamr" which is fully ripened and dried.
Fresh dates, clockwise from top right:
crunchy, crunchy opened, soft out of skin, soft.
Dates provide vital energy, as well as aid in controlling food cravings. They are packed with all-natural fibers, magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, copper, amino acids, phosphorous, and vitamins A1, B1, B2, B3, and B5. They are a gentle remedy for constipation, and not only ease intestinal distress, but can prevent digestive disease and disorders, including cancers. They make an ideal heart-healthy snack and work wonders for weight management.
Dates are significantly higher in potassium, which is important in maintaining a healthy nervous system. Also high in iron, they are great for treating anemia and other blood disorders. Additionally, they strengthen tooth enamel, prevent night blindness, increase libido, and make an excellent snack for pregnant women.
Dates can be made into a delicious paste, syrup, or sugar, as well as an ingredient in a variety of different recipes. They can be used fresh or dried, in sweet and savory dishes, and have a long shelf-life - making them a wonderful staple food to always have on hand.
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Posted on Thursday, 06 March 2014 in Health Articles