Fresh dates are sweet & juicy; dried dates have a more intense flavor (still very sweet). Dates, plump and slightly wrinkled fresh dates have a rich honey-like flavour and dense texture. They are delicious stoned and served with Greek yogurt. The dried dates can be used in the same way, but fewer will be needed as the flavour is very concentrated. They help with respiratory problems and also are excellent against diarrhea and dysentery.
Benefits of Dates
They help with respiratory problems and also are excellent against diarrhea and dysentery. Dates are a good source of fiber. Fiber, the indigestible part of carbohydrate, is an important nutrient in the diet as it helps to keep you full, reduce LDL “bad” cholesterol, regulates bowels, and maintains steady blood sugar. Studies have found that those who eat adequate amounts of fiber are at healthier weights and have a reduced risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
How to Cook Use Dates
They are delicious stoned and served with Greek yogurt. The dried dates can be used in the same way, but fewer will be needed as the flavour is very concentrated.
Tips and Notes
What should I look for when buying dates?
Although packaged dates, both pitted and unpitted, are available all year, the season for fresh dates is from August to November. Dates should appear plump, glossy, and moist. They may be slightly wrinkled, but shouldn’t be broken, cracked, dry, hard, or shriveled. They have a sticky-sweet, almost candied texture, and rich flavor.
For the longest shelf life, store soft and semi-soft varieties like Deglet Noor in the refrigerator, where they’ll keep for up to 18 months. They can also be stored at room temperature for up to a year. Dried, packaged dates, which are pasteurized to inhibit mold growth, can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for about six months or the refrigerator for up to a year.
Nutrients and Calories
Dates, are high in calcium, iron, vitamin B3 and beta-carotene.