I never paid much attention to dates. I never had them growing up……
That all changed last fall when I traveled to Israel. Wow. Dates have become a new best friend.
I began to notice them a few years ago when they started getting a lot more buzz in the food world. I get it now.
I never even really considered where dates come from. They grow on date palms!
Here are a few photos I took in Israel, where they are abundant.
I have a new respect for dates. Here is why….
Dates are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, making them one of the healthiest foods in the world. They contain iron for your blood, fiber for roughage, vitamin A for your eyesight, potassium for your heart, B-vitamins, and calcium, to name only a few. Dates offer a great energy boost. They have a history of healing in many cultures.
While on my trip, one of my new friends said that consuming a few dates a day gives you all the minerals and antioxidants you need! It is a staple! Not surprising, since they are so abundant in that part of the world.
Recipes with dates abound. Many creative chefs have replaced sugar in their recipes for dates. Why not. It makes it more nutritious.
Click on this link for one of my favorite new recipes
: Banana and Date Oatmeal Cookies
from Dishing up the Dirt. I have taken them to parties and events. They freeze well.
I pop a date or two in my mouth almost everyday. Give it a try! (For those with a pre-diabetes or diabetes diagnosis, please be mindful of total sugar intake.)
And maybe someday you can come over and have a date with me! 😉
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