Our Majestic Medjoul Dates
Dates are one of the oldest known dry fruits in the history of the world. The origin of the dates can be traced to the Middle East about 50 million years ago. Dates are derived from the phoenix dactylifera tree. Medjoul dates range from dark brown to dark purple in color. An estimate of 8.5 million metric tons of dates is produced in a year, with countries in North Africa and the Middle East being the largest producers.
ORIGIN: The date palm trees are native to the deserts in the Middle East and North Africa. It is best grown high heat, arid climate in late summer and autumn with good access to water. Fossil evidence has suggested that the fruit’s origin can be traced back to 50 million years ago. Greek mythology links the date palm to the immortal Phoenix believing that just like the phoenix the date palm would die and come back to life.
100% NATURAL & PESTICIDE FREE: Our dates are sourced from farms that do not use any chemicals, pesticides, or insecticides.
WHOLESOME & PURE: Dates are often used as a stand-alone dessert option in many cuisines. They are also combined onto savory dishes such as cheese, meat, and salads. The fruit is also extracted into an oil to use in cosmetics and soaps. They are also mixed with other traditional desserts such as pudding, fruit cake, and ice cream.
HEALTHY & NUTRITIOUS FOOD: Dates are highly sweet and have a high nutritional value. They are rich in carbohydrates, dietary fibers, proteins, minerals, and vitamin B complex. They are made up of about 70% carbohydrates and contain iron, magnesium, and potassium. Studies have also shown that dates are highly nourishing for the body and contain phytochemicals that may help in lowering cholesterol and decrease the risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes.
Health Benefits of Dates
HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
Dates contains various antioxidants that offer several health benefits including protection against several diseases.
PROMOTES BRAIN HEALTH
Studies have also shown growing signs that dates improve one’s memory.
IMPROVE BLOOD SUGAR
Dates have the potential to help regulate one’s blood sugar levels due to their low glycemic index, antioxidants, and fiber.
Dates contain several minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium which helps in strengthening bones.
Uses of Dates
Dates have a very unique flavor and aroma. The sweetness of the fruit blends well with savory dishes such as meat, cheese, and vegetable dishes. They also make a great dessert in their own right. Dates are considered an excellent source of nutrients comparable to rice, wheat, and dries. The affordability makes it an excellent option across different cultures. Since the fruit is dried during production it can be easily preserved and transportable. They also have an extended shelf life making it ideal for long journeys. The pits of the fruits can be used in bread and its oil is used in soaps and cosmetics.
Dates are highly nutritious. They are dried and their calorie content is higher than most fresh fruit. The calorie content is similar to other dried fruits such as fig and raisin. Dates are high in manganese, copper, potassium, magnesium, iron, and fiber. Buy Medjoul Dates from Thottam Farm Fresh to taste the difference!
Dates are known as “Thamur” in Arabic, “fruits de dattes” in French, “Khajoor” in Hindi, and “Tiyati phalam” in Malayalam