Date Varieties

Dates  Persia, Arabia, Mesopotamia, a Biblical fruit.    the food of nomads, dates  were originally cultivated in the Middle East as early as 3500 B.C.        

Dates, especially the softer varieties are delicious when eaten by hand with or without the pits.  Such varieties are the Delete Nor and Khaddar.  Dates also make fine candies, puddings, breads, pies, muffins and cookies.

Dates are available with or without the pits, jarred, spiced and dried. . 

Storage  Dried dates can be kept almost indefinitely at room temperature.  Other  types and sold in air tight containers  and must be kept in the refrigerator once package is opened.

Preparation Slit unpitted dates lengthwise and remove the slender pit, the chop for use in recipes.  If dates become hard place them in hot water of fruit juice to plump them.

Nutrition  1 medium date = 24 calories

1 pound of dried dates is approximately 60. 

20 medium dates = about cup chopped

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