"Do all these dates really taste different?"
Of course they do! Each variety of date has its own individual taste, but also its own distinctive texture, sweetness and size. When properly stored, dates store remarkably well. Stored in airtight containers and kept in the refrigerator, dates will stay moist and delicious for 30 days. Dates can also be kept frozen for up to a year with no loss of taste or quality.
The Medjool: Also known as the "King of Dates".
Large, perfect and beautiful, they have a rich mahogany color and a soft texture.
Barhi: Also known as the "Honeyball” because they are so sweet. You will know this date by it’s almost perfectly round shape. A soft, dark amber date.
Deglet Noor: Is a medium firm date with a rich caramel color; not as sweet as the soft dates. It stores very well and is as good for cooking.
Khadrawi: “Pudding Date” A medium sweet date that is dark mahogany in color, with flesh that looks dry but is actually very soft.
Honey: This date has the taste, color and texture of rich honey and is excellent for a quick burst of natural sugar energy.
Abbada or Black Date: A rare delicacy this date is black in color and very sweet.
Golden Princess: "Halawy" This date variety is amber in color, and chewy.
Not only do dates not only taste great, they have great health benefits. This is why dates make a perfect choice as an energy-boosting snack. Because a date contains approximately 31 grams of carbohydrates, it makes them a powerhouse of energy. This is why dates make a perfect choice as an energy-boosting snack.
Dates have a good source of fiber, potassium, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates, without the sodium or fat found in other snacks. Consuming dates and drinking water is a perfect natural way to replenish the body's need for potassium. Imagine, dates contain more potassium than do bananas. Dates contain a variety of B-complex vitamins.
Because dates are very high in sugar, they can easily be converted into sugar. To make date sugar, arrange sliced dates on a baking sheet and bake at 450° for 10 to 15 minutes, or until very dry and hard as rocks. Grind or process in a food processor to make sugar.
Store dried dates in a cool, dry place for 6 to 12 months.
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