Date Health Benefits, Nutrition and Fruit Facts
Health Benefits of Eating Date Fruit
Dates are full of goodness and health advantages. They contain many nutrients that help relieve, heal and even cure certain types of illnesses and health problems. In general, they are a vital diet that take care your overall wellbeing.
Facts about Date Fruit
A date is the fruit of the date palm (scientific name Phoenix dactylifera), a plant native to the Middle East and Northern Africa. Besides being consumed fresh, it is also dried and eaten as a snack or added to many desserts. A lot of Middle Eastern recipes and Mediterranean dishes include dates. Normally, dried dates are available year round in most markets, but the fresh ones can only be found seasonally in certain specialty markets.
Stages of Ripening of Date Fruit
In the beginning of the ripening stage, dates are yellow and known as kimri (unripe), in Arabic. Next, it enters khalal stage, where the fruit reaches full size, but still crunchy. Subsequently, it turns ripe, sweet and soft, where it is known as rutab. The final stage of ripening sees the fruit sun-dried on the plant, where it is called tamr.
Various types of dates are cultivated worldwide. The popular one would be the Black Sphinx date and the more common ones would be noor and medjool dates.
Date Nutrition Facts and Calories
|Nutritional Value of 1 Medjool Date (24 g) (Pitted)|
|Total Fat||0 g|
|Total Carbohydrates||18 g|
|Dietary Fiber||2 g|
1 cup whole dates; 2 cups flour; 4 teaspoons baking powder; 1 cup milk; 1 tablespoon shortening, melted
Soak the dates in cold water. Set aside for several hours or overnight. Drain, discard the pits and chop. Mix the flour and baking powder, then add the milk and whisk. Add the dates and shortening. Transfer the dough to an oiled loaf pan. Allow to stand for 30 minutes in a warm area. Preheat the oven to 350 °F / 180 °C and bake for 60 minutes.
Note: The dates can be substituted with
prunes or raisins if not available.
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