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Ramadhan just near the corner. So get you dates stocks at MBG. Like the local traditions and the Muslims around the world, we breakfasting and Sahur with Kurma @ dates to maintain our energy throughout the fasting day. And of course, we offer the best dates from over the world.
Dates have become the superfood of the moment: the breakfast, lunch and coffee sweetener of champions. Touted by whole foods enthusiasts and Paleo eaters, this naturally dry fruit is a powerhouse of minerals, energy, and fiber. Its paste makes a natural binder in baked treats; its syrup adds sweetness to beverages. Eaten plain or stuffed, it makes a nutritious snack. So the dates are not just for the Muslims to breakfast or during the month of Ramadhan only, it's suitable for everyone to have a healthy diet on daily basis.
Botanically they are the "drupe" (single pitted) fruits, grow on the palm tree belonging to the family of Arecaceae, in the genus: Phoenix, and scientifically named as Phoenix dactylifera. The tree is believed to originate in the lands on the banks of Nile and Euphrates Rivers of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Date palm is now grown extensively for its edible fruits under warmer climates across all the continents.
Nutritional Value Of Dates
Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. It's also a good source of energy, sugar, and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc can be found in dates. It also contains vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.
Another study reported the most prominent health benefits of dates: there are at least 15 minerals in dates, including selenium, an element believed to help prevent cancer and important in immune function, protein, containing 23 types of amino acids, some of which are not present in the most popular fruits, such as oranges, apples, and bananas. Unsaturated fatty acids include palmitoleic, oleic, linoleic, and linolenic acids. The study concluded that dates could be considered a nearly ideal food, with a wide range of essential nutrients and potential health benefits.
Preparation and serving method
High-quality dates handpicked directly from the fruit bunch and sold as a premium variety in the markets. On a commercial scale, most are harvested by cutting the entire cluster, fumigated, cleaned, graded, packed, stored under refrigeration, and released to markets according to demand.
Here are some serving tips:
Dry and soft dates are usually eaten out of hand without any add-on.
Pitted dates can be stuffed with fillings such as almonds, walnuts, candied orange and cream cheese.
They can also be chopped and added to fruit salad and in a range of sweet and savory dishes.
Dates are also being used to prepare juice and Jallab (a type of syrup popular in the Middle East and made from dates, grape molasses, and rose water). At MBG, we have syrup dates too!