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Although Dates are available the year around, they take on a greater role during Ramadan when Muslims across the world break their Ramadan fast (Iftar) with dates. Research has also proven that having dates after fasting has got great nutritional and health benefits as they are easy to digest, gives that immediate boost to the energy and more.
Date is a staple fruit of the Middle East and have been cultivated for many thousands of years. There are many varieties of dates available in the region and they are primarily sold fresh, when in season, semi – dried all year round, and as date syrup often referred to as dibs. Dried dates tend can be eaten as is, can be pitted (destoned) or you will find them pitted and stuffed with fillings such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, cream cheese, tahini and candied orange and lemon peel. The most decadent dates tend to be those dipped in chocolate or converted into a sparkling date juice for the occasional treat. Dates provide a wide range of essential nutrients, and an excellent source of dietary fiber, natural sugars, magnesium and potassium.
Dates are used in cooking in both sweet and savoury dishes and we are sharing the finest Date recipes that we hope will add a bit of sweet deliciousness to your Iftar table and your Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations!
Date Syrup Benefits
Artificial and zero calorie sweeteners have proven to be dangerous and quite harmful for our health. Did you know that when you eat (or drink) something with a zero calorie sweetener in it, your brain anticipates that calories will follow? When they don’t, the brain is triggered to compensate for the perceived missing calories, by eating more.
A better and healthier option would be to fuel your body with natural, whole foods that the body can recognize and easily assimilate nutrients from. Dates are a source of good carbohydrates, Vitamin B6 and minerals Potassium, Copper, Manganese and Magnesium.
When you need a sweetener, Sahara date syrup is a super option for you and can usually be found at any Carrefour or Lulu Supermarket nearest to you…
Sahara Date Syrup: An Alternative to Sugar and a whole food sweetener!
Sahara Date Syrup qualifies as a whole food. It has only one ingredient: itself! In this case 100% dates. It looks and pours like molasses and has a rich, complex flavor. It’s less sweet than honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup. It makes a great alternative to processed sugar in cooking and baking and even your cup of tea.
What’s in it for you?
Like whole dates, Sahara Date Syrup* contains modest amounts of potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, riboflavin, niacin, folate, phosphorus, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B-6. Ounce for ounce, dates contain more potassium than bananas.
- It is 100% dates extract packed in a jar, it is delectably sweet. Wow! It is deviously good with 30% fewer calories than sugar.
- An ideal replacement to white sugar, but wait, it means that you can drastically cut the number of calories whilst still enjoying the same great sweet taste.
- It is high in Iron and Calcium
- You can feel the sweetness even more than sugar and use a third less-, which is perfect news for your waistline.
And there’s more goodness…
- No sugar added
- No preservatives
- No Color
- Fat free
- 100% natural
- Suitable for vegetarian
Sahara Premium Dates
The ‘date’ is one of the most nourishing fruits. It is a food of great importance and is called the bread of the Sahara Desert. Inspired by the same magnificent desert and this tree of life, Sahara Premium Dates imbibes its origin in a spirit of natural purity and grandeur. Sahara Premium Dates is a product that is carefully sourced from the finest date farms in the UAE and the Sultanate of Oman. Hygienically processed with the foremost technologies in Date fumigation techniques and packed with utmost care, Sahara Premium Dates is making continuous efforts through dedicated research and recipe development, to introduce a wide and varied range of ‘Date’ centric food products under the same brand name.
Sahara Premium Dates is produced, packed and distributed by Commubiz General Trading since the year 2006. Based in the United Arab Emirates, headquartered in Dubai, initially Commubiz General Trading has ventured into launching its very own brand Sahara with its own dedicated packing facility and distribution fleet to ensure timely delivery and distribution of its premium dates.
[Content created with images from Pixabay and supplied images and info from Sahara Premium Dates. We have also tried the product at FoodeMag dxb kitchen.]