Since its discovery thousands of years ago, dates have been known to have healing powers. And although science has proven this for sure, we love to eat them mainly because of the quality of these dark fruits. According to history, the date palm comes from what is now Iraq, but the Egyptians also made wine much earlier.
Thanks to the trade, dates traveled to Southwest Asia, Spain, North Africa and were then brought to Mexico and California. It is still one of the most important ingredients in Middle Eastern cuisine today. Although there are at least 30 types of dates worldwide, they are divided into three general types: soft, semi-dry and dry, and the distinction is made according to the content of glucose, sucrose, and fructose. Incidentally, one of the most coveted dates is the Gaza Strip, as its products are known for being exceptionally red and sweet. Some of the other popular grape varieties are Zaghloul, which is unique to Egypt. It has dark red skin, an elongated structure, and clear texture. It’s also pretty high on the softness scale. The Saudi Arabian soukkary is one of the most expensive types of dates. It has dark brown skin, smooth and exceptionally soft flesh. And then there is the Khadrawy, a sweet and dark date that is also popular with Arabs. And that’s just the beginning; Over 100 types of data are said to be available in Iraq!
Kitchens around the world use dates in small and large quantities, but it is also important to note that the fruits of the date palm also have many health benefits. The innumerable health benefits of dates have made this delicious fruit the world’s most desirable food for health and nutrition. Dates are a good source of vitamins and minerals, energy, sugar, and fiber. It also contains calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and zinc.