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Ingredients Certified organic Medjool Dates
Allergens Packaged in the same facility as milk, peanuts, sesame, soy, tree nuts
Country of Origin Turkey, USA

For thousands of years, this palm has been cultivated for its delectable fruit. Medjool dates are known as the king of dates. Dates are native to the region bordering ancient Persia and Iraq, and also grown extensively in California, USA. Dried Medjool dates are nutritionally packed but enjoy a long shelf life. 

Nutrients found in Medjool dates include vitamin B and A family, potassium, manganese, magnesium, calcium, copper and dietary fiber. These help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, builds bone strength, protects brain function, encourage hormone production, and boosts metabolism function and digestion.

Health Benefits

Medjools aren't only eaten because of their sweet flavor and soft, chewy texture. The also have a number of impressive health benefits:

  • Blood Pressure: Potassium is a vasodilator, reducing your risk of atherosclerosis, strokes and heart attack
  • Cholesterol: Dietary fiber helps rebalance cholesterol levels lowering risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Bone Strength: Magnesium, manganese, copper and calcium, all improve bone mineral density
  • Digestion: Dietary fiber is crucial for digestive tract function
  • Metabolism: B vitamin family niacin, folic acid, and pantothenic acid regulate the metabolism while copper increases iron absorption and generates energy

Key Nutrition Details

Organic Medjool dates are a great source of vitamins and minerals. A daily snack of 100 grams of Medjool dates contains the following nutrients (% Daily Recommended Intake):

Energy: 14%

Carbohydrates: 58%

Protein: 3%

Total Fat: <1%

Dietary Fiber: 18%

Folates: 4%

Niacin: 10%

Pantothenic acid: 16%

Pyridoxine: 19%

Riboflavin: 4.5%

Thiamin: 4%

Vitamin C: 0%

Vitamin A: 5%

Vitamin K: 2%

Sodium: 0%

Potassium: 16%

Calcium: 6.5%

Copper: 40%

Iron: 11%

Magnesium: 13%

Manganese: 13%

Phosphorus: 9%

Zinc: 4%

Interesting Facts

The date tree is believed to come from the fertile stretch of land bordering Egypt and Mesopotamia’s Nile and Euphrates Rivers. Here are some more fun facts about dates:

  • “Date” comes from the Greek “daktylos” meaning finger
  • Nomadic life and the trade caravans in the deserts of the Middle East and North Africa were made possible by dates
  • In the Middle East, the date palm is known as the “tree of life” because the palm and its fruit have so many uses
  • Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics mark the years with images of full date palms, as palms grow 12 fresh fronds each year
  • Many scholars believe a date was the real fruit mentioned in the Garden of Eden.
  • Dates were cultivated around 8,000 years ago in today’s Iraq
  • Ancient Mesopotamians viewed the date as an aphrodisiac
  • Date palms represent the goddess Ishtar, inspiration for Venus and Aphrodite
  • The date palm is the national symbol of Saudi Arabia and Israel
  • Date palm seeds can lie dormant for decades
  • Date palms require 100 days of 100ºF heat and lots of water to produce quality fruit
  • There are more than 200 varieties of date palms
  • Medjool, large and caramel-like dates is the hardest to grow and one of the most expensive
  • Date palms were brought to Spain from North Africa around 800 AD
  • Spanish explorers brought date seeds to Cuba in the 1500s
  • Missionaries planted dates in Baja California in 1765, and other varieties were imported to California in the early 1900s.

Storage Tips & Shelf Life

Cool storage is the best storage option for dates. After opening, keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator to help retain their flavor, color, and nutrition. They can be kept even longer if frozen.

How to Enjoy

Medjool dates are superb as they are, but also make a great addition to a range of recipes:

  • Medjools go brilliantly with apples, figs, oranges, apricots, cherries, almonds, and plums
  • Delicious added to cookies, cakes, macaroons, muffins, and bread
  • Tasty addition to breakfasts with muesli, oatmeal, and granola
  • Brilliant in fruit and nut-based appetizers
  • Goes well in pie and tart toppings and in desserts, crumbles, compotes, rice puddings, sorbets, gelato, ice cream, smoothies, and even milkshakes
  • Medjool dates are delicious in energy bars and trail mixes
  • Pair well with honey, yogurt, and egg custards
  • Sublime in glazes, jams, and syrups
  • Add to Asian, Persian, lamb casserole, tagines, Bento boxes and rice dishes
Product Details
Ingredients Certified organic Medjool Dates
Allergens Packaged in the same facility as milk, peanuts, sesame, soy, tree nuts
Country of Origin Turkey, USA

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