Date palms are from the regions around the Persian Gulf and have existed at least for 7000 years. There are about 1500 different date varieties; however, only a few varieties are grown intensively. It is only after eight to ten years after a date palm is planted that it bears the elongated, oval dates; soft fruits ranging in colour from yellow to dark brown.
Fresh dates are shipped frozen to Europe and can be kept in the refrigerator up to a week. Mostly dried dates are available in our stores, and they have a shelf life of about a year. The honey sweet, soft fruit pulp has a substantially high calorie content due to its sugar content of about 65 percent. Dates are rich in dietary fibre and minerals, such as magnesium and potassium. In addition, they contain vitamin B6, niacin and pantothenic acid.
Season: From August to January
Nutritional Value: Dates – Swiss food composition database
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Some types of dates form sugar crystals on the fruit’s exterior due to the high sugar content. However, this is not a quality defect.
1 portion a day corresponds to:
10 to 15 dates – Dates should be consumed in moderation due to their high sugar content.