About Dates

About Dried Dates

Dates were first cultivated as far back as 4000 BC in ancient Mesopotamia. They have been a staple of the Middle East since then and were more recently introduced to other areas of the world. Today, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran are the top producers of dates, although they are enjoyed all over the globe in baking and cooking applications. There are numerous varieties of dates, from the sweet and firm Jumbo Medjool dates to the small and caramel-like Barhi dates. Despite their slight differences in size, texture, and taste, all dates are rich in health benefits and can easily be incorporated into your diet.

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Varieties Of Dates

A typical date fruit is a drupe where the outer fleshy part surrounds a shell of hardened endocarp consisting of a seed inside. These fruits are oval to cylindrical in shape and about 3 to 7 cm long. Unripe fruits are bright yellow or red in color. On ripening, they become brown and shriveled, resembling a prune. There are several varieties of dates which can be categorized into three groups on the basis of their sugar content- soft, semi-dry and dried dates. All varieties of dates are same in all respects except slight differences in taste and size.
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Summary Of Dates

High in Fiber

Dates are high in fiber, which may be beneficial for preventing constipation and controlling blood sugar control.
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High in Disease-Fighting Antioxidants

Dates contain several types of antioxidants that may help prevent the development of certain chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
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May Promote Brain Health

Dates may be helpful for lowering inflammation and preventing plaques from forming in the brain, which is important for preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
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May Promote Natural Labor

Dates may promote and ease natural labor for pregnant women when consumed during the last few weeks of pregnancy.
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Excellent Natural Sweetener

Dates are a healthy substitute for white sugar in recipes due to their sweet taste, nutrients, fiber and antioxidants.
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Very Nutritious

Dates contain several vitamins and minerals, in addition to fiber and antioxidants. However, they are high in calories since they are a dried fruit.
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