- The fruit is a staple of the Arab diet and a vital source of nutrition and energy. (Date Fruit)
- For thousands of years, they provided shelter, food and other necessities for the Arab Bedouins. (Palm Leafs)
- Date palms are an intrinsic part of Arab life and heritage. (Palm Tree)
- The palm’s wood and leaves were used to build houses, fences, beams, baskets, ropes and many other useful items. (Tree and Leafs)
The Origin of Dates
Research has shown that these ancient fruits may be the key to the health of our future generations. Cultivation: Date palm cultivation originated in the Middle East then spread to North Africa. After that, it spread to the regions of California, South Africa and Australia.
Irrigation: The Arabs were the pioneers to have a novel irrigation system known as aflaaj – water channels that were designed to extend the oasis water to a wider geographical area, so they can increase the space of the cultivated tree area and use it effectively.
Production: The Middle East accounts for over 90% of date production worldwide. It has been proved by research that dates are the key to have a healthy body because these ancient fruits are of endless benefits. Thus, we all need dates to maintain a good health, and as they say adapt the remedy to the disease and dates are the remedies to many diseases .
Dates and Health
- Seven dates, or 40 grams, is equal to 80-160 grams of fresh fruit
- Date do not contain starch or cholesterol.
- Dates are the best source of potassium (2.4 times higher than banana).
- Dates are rich in fiber antioxidants and nutrients
- Dried dates can keep for more than 18 months if stored in a cool, dry place
- Date contain simple sugars (glucose and fructose) that the body uses to feed its energy requirements, and does not convert into fat
- 40 grams of dates per day provides 12% of the daily-recommended fiber for maintaining a healthy digestive system
- Dates are rich in natural phenols, which protect the body from the damage caused by foreign oxidizing agents and inflammation
- Dates are fat free; they can add natural sweetness to dishes without adding fat.
- Dates have no cholesterol; Lab tests have shown that they reduce the oxidation of harmful LDL cholesterol
- Dates are rich in iron; they protect against anemia and are good for individuals who suffer from it.
- Dates contain potassium, minerals and nutrients the naturally counter the sodium from dietary consumption
- Dates contain vital vitamins like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and other B complex group vitamins
- Dates are brain food because their phosphorous content promotes brain cell growth
- No poisoning or allergy cases have been reported from directly or indirectly consuming dates
- Travelers brewed ground date seeds with cardamom as a substitute for coffee