Dates, a delicious sweet nutritious fruit used for its multiple benefits.
Date or date palms belong to the palm family ‘Arecaceae’ cultivated for its sweet edible fruit. Dates probably originated from Iraq, but presently they are grown in the Middle East and some African countries. In India dates are cultivated in large areas in Kachchh district in Gujarat and Rajasthan as the hot dry climate in these states is most suited for its cultivation.
Dates besides being a good source of minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and manganese and vitamins A & K, they are a good source of fiber and sugar. They are associated with several health benefits like boosting energy, relieving constipation, improving vision and bone health and in general improving your metabolism.
Dates taste best when eaten raw but they can be prepared in various ways. Dates stuffed with almonds, cashews and walnuts taste great. You can make delicious shakes with milk, cream and dates. Sliced dates can be used to garnish your breakfast cereals, puddings, ice creams, frozen yogurts and salads.
Dates can be bought either fresh or dried. The best way to buy dates is to order dates online. We at Valley Spice go out of our way to acquire dates from selected farmers in Gujarat and Rajasthan transporting them to you straight from the trees.
Both fresh dates and dried dates can be stored in airtight containers in the refrigerator but dried dates have a longer shelf life in comparison to fresh dates.