They are believed to have originated around the Persian Gulf, and have been cultivated since ancient times from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt.
Dry or soft dates are eaten out-of-hand, or may be pitted and stuffed with fillings such as almonds and walnuts.
Dates can also be chopped and used in a range of sweet and savory dishes.
The nutritional value of the relatively easy-to-store date fruit is high in sugar - comprising up to 70% of the fruit.
Date fruit is called a mine in itself because it is very rich in minerals.
Its phosphorous content is similar to that found in the same quantity of apricots, pears and grapes put together.
Its high content of magnesium (±600 mg/1kg of dates) could also be very beneficial.
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