When we think about Arab cuisine, Arab deserts and Arab snacks it’s impossible not to mention dates. Even though they’ve become a modern, trendy superfood around the world, Arabs have been eating dates and date filled recipes for longer than you’d believe.
Not only are dates filled with all kinds of beneficial minerals, energy and fibre, its paste and syrup’s sweetness when added to beverages or a dessert is delicious. In fact, have you ever tried date honey? Go out and buy some right now and prepare to enter into full ecstasy mode.
Produced mainly in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq, the origin of the date palm tree comes from the Fertile Crescent – regions that once flourished as they were strategically located on the surrounding Nile, Tigris, and Euphrates rivers. Today there are between 12–19 species of dates that vary in size, texture and colour. Interesting, right?
Want to know what else is interesting about dates? We all know that dates are healthy for you so rather than pointing to the obvious, here are six other facts on why such a small fruit has dominated the world.