Ramadan is almost here and it’s the tell-tale time to stock up on DATES!
However, this article hopes to convince you that dates aren’t just great to eat during Ramadan, but all year round. They’re a known superfood not just because they’re a sweet, amazing, iftar favorite but because of their long history and the nutrients packed in them.
The origins of the date palm are unknown. Ancient civilizations have been cultivating dates as far back as 7000 BCE and maybe, even before that. The word “date” originates from the Greek word, dáktulos, or “finger” because of its elongated shape. Dates grow in mainly tropical regions throughout the world, and take a long time to mature and then bear fruit.
Dates became more popular in America during the early 20th century. This was influenced by the Western affinity to the “Orient” and what it had to offer. Date popularity was also a result of strategic marketing, although ridden with stereotypes, Westerners became more intrigued by the exotic fruit. In present times, date farmers have established their roots in America, such as the “Nature’s Delight” brand. The growing American Muslim population has also impacted the date market in the USA, causing it to expand in the last decade.
In present times, date farmers have established their roots in America, such as the “Nature’s Delight” brand. The growing American Muslim population has also impacted the date market in the USA, causing it to expand in the last decade.
So, how can something that tastes super sweet and candy-like also be nutritious and hailed as the “#1 food in the world?” It’s because dates consist of a unique composition that makes them high in energy, rich in fiber, and packed with vitamins and minerals. They are also a great source of antioxidants and help cells get rid of toxins and free radicals, thus earning them superfood status.
Dates are great to eat on their own but why do just that when there are tons of recipes that incorporate them into savory and sweet dishes. Below are a few to get you started:
- Healthy Date Snacks
- Almond-Date Smoothies
- These Two Healthy Brownie Recipes (1) (2)
- Date Salad Inspiration
- Rack of Lamb with Dates
Dates are a versatile food. You can use their unique taste to complement just about any dish. Since most households stock up on them for Ramadan, it’s the perfect time to experiment with dates in the kitchen. Create something new all with the assurance that this is one sweet food that you don’t have to feel guilty eating.
Here’s to celebrating this superfood, during Ramadan and after!