What are dates?
Date Fruit, first cultivated in ancient times, are a modern nutritional marvel
What are date fruit? Dates are actually the fruit product of the date palm, a tree native to the Middle East and Africa. Date palms grow thick clusters of date fruits below their fronds. Unripe date fruits are green in color, and but they slowly turn yellow-orange as they mature. Fully ripe dates are a rich brown color with thick, glossy, sticky skin. The center of the sweet date flesh contains a small pit.
What are date fruit primarily used for? While dates can be eaten whole fresh, or dried, they are typically included in traditional Middle Eastern and Mediterranean desserts and other recipes. Dates can be stuffed with nuts, lemon or orange peel, or other savory fillings. Dates are frequently added to baked goods such as breads, cakes and pastries or used in puddings and yogurts, or dates may be ground into a paste used to decorate candies and desserts. Dried dates are a popular and healthy snack.