- Dates are one of the oldest fruits cultivated.
- Dates are the fruit grown on Date Palms in heavy clusters under the leaf cover.
- The fruit can be eaten fresh when in season or dried which is readily available.
- Although primarily eaten as a snack, dates are widely used in cooking, condiments and confectionary.
- Dates are one of the sweetest fruits available.
Dates are a good source of Iron and fibre.
100g of dates yields the following:
- Calories – 282
- Total Carbs – 25% of DV
- Protein – 2.45g
- Dietary Fibre – 32% of DV
- Vitamin A – 0% of DV
- Vitamin C – 1% of DV
- Calcium – 4% of DV
- Iron – 6% of DV
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
- Select plump fruit with even glossy colouring.
- Avoid fresh dates with crystals forming on the outside.
- Fresh dates are usually sold partially dried and will last in a sealed container, at room temperature, for up to 2 months.
- White spots will start to form on the outside of the fruit as their sugar content comes to the surface.