Date Palm Fruit
Dates – Bread of the desert
Dates belong to the family of stone fruits. Their high sugar content earned them the name “bread of the desert”.
Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. They also contain vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K. Vitamin A protects the eyes, maintains healthy skin and mucus membranes, and even protects the lungs and mouth from developing cancer. Dates contain the amino acid tryptophan, which the body converts to Melatonin. This plays an essential role in the sleep-wake cycle.
Dates are a great finger food and can be purchased fresh, frozen or dried. The higher the sugar content, the longer they will stay fresh. Dried dates can be kept for several years. Deep frozen dates can be stored for approximately one week after thawing.
Fresh dates are available between the months of September and January and are best if consumed within a few days. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks and up to six months when frozen. Dates are an ideal snack between meals and make a great substitute for chocolate.
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