Dates are a nutritious, delicious dried fruit that comes from the phoenix dactylifera, or the true date palm. Dates are very rich in antioxidants, vitamins and fibre. It is a more natural sweetener than honey and the best thing is that it can be given to babies below one year, unlike honey which is unsuitable for babies.
Cooking with Dates
Dates are best eaten by themselves. The sweet fruit makes for an excellent breakfast snack, or in cereals and porridges. Plenty of people have even switched to date syrup instead of refined sugar. Jaggery made from date palm tastes delicious with black coffee, and dried dates can be added to cakes, bread, and other dishes. Keep a box of seeded or seedless dates in your refrigerator, and make sure to have a few every day. It will also prevent you from overeating.
- Recommended as a healthy alternative to sugar
- It can be made into syrup or powder
- Very good for cooking and baking in addition to eating cereals, waffles, marinades, yoghurt, parfaits
- Date products areD ideal for your daily supplement intake because the product has very low glycemic index which is a recommendation for diabetes patients
How to Store Dates
Store in an airtight container either in the fridge (up to a year) or at room temperature (a few months).
How can they stay good for this long? Dates have the lowest moisture content of any whole fruit, only 30%, meaning they’re naturally dehydrated! As they age, the sugars in the date will gradually move to the surface, forming little sugar white spots. Fret not, these are not mold.
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