Dates

TYPES

Fresh, On the branch, Dry with stone, Dry without stone, Paste, Flour, Syrup.

VARIETIES

Deglet Nour, Medjool, Piramon, Sayer, Mazafati, Barhi, Allig, Khouat Allig, Kenta.

SIZES

Small, Medium, Large, Jumbo, Super Jumbo.

FORMATS

1, 5 and 10 kg boxes.

Dates: The Sweet Desert Jewels and its Journey Down History

Dates, those sweet, golden fruits that delight our palates, have a history as rich as their taste. Originally from desert regions, dates have been highly rated over the centuries for their sweetness, their nutritional properties and their role in different cultures. Come with us on a journey of discovery over time and find out about the fascinating origins of dates.

Origins in the Middle East and North Africa: Dates (Phoenix dactylifera) originated in the subtropical and tropical regions of the Middle East and North Africa. Farming them goes back thousands of years, with mentions found in ancient texts. They were once considered a symbol of fertility and prosperity.

The Tree of Life: Date palms are also known as the “Tree of Life” in certain cultures in the region. In places such as Egypt and Mesopotamia dates were not only an essential source of food, but they also had a fundamental role in religious rituals and ceremonies.

Trade Routes and Dissemination: As trade routes expanded, dates spread throughout the world. Traders and explorers took these delicious fruits with them on their journeys, and by doing so they introduced them in other far-off regions such as India and the Iberian Peninsula.

Dates in Islamic Culture: Dates are particularly revered in Islamic culture. In Islam, they are mentioned in the Quran and are traditionally eaten to break the fast in the holy month of Ramadan. Their high energy content makes them the perfect choice to recover strength after the day’s fasting.

In America and Beyond: With the arrival of European explorers and settlers, dates were also taken across the Atlantic. They were introduced in the Americas and adapted to the favourable climates such as those of California and Arizona.

Nutritional Value and Modern Uses: In addition to their delicious flavour, dates are a natural source of energy, fibre and diverse nutrients. They can be eaten fresh or dried and are used in a variety of dishes from desserts and shakes to savoury dishes, to which they add a sweeter, nutritional touch.

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