General Introduction on organic dates
There are 3,000 known varieties of organic dates in the world, most of which belong to Iran.
Of the 3,000 known varieties of organic dates in the world, about 400 belong to Iran, which in
terms of characteristics such as color, shape, size, taste, nutrients, and moisture are different.
Date cultivars different in color but mainly two colors, yellow and brown,
are dominant in most cultivars.
Organic date cultivars have three main groups: soft (wet), dry and semi-dry. Organic dates harvest time is between
mid-October and mid-August usually last until the end of June.
Organic Dates contain 25 percent sucrose, 50 percent glucose, albumin, pectin, and water.
Besides, it contains various vitamins such as vitamins A, B, C, E, and some minerals.
Carbohydrates cause the highest calorie content in organic dates. In addition
to their calorie, organic dates hold very useful and essential minerals
and vitamins. Moreover, they have a high amount of fiber that will make
you feel satiated during a busy day at work.
To be more specific, only one 3.5-ounce serving (100 grams) of organic dates,
can provide about 20 percent of a person’s daily requirement of potassium,
along with 7 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, and several types of antioxidants. Also, dates are a good source of copper, manganese, vitamin B6, magnesium,
Now, here comes the question that are all the available dates in the
market organic or not?
Generally speaking, all types of dates are organic because there is no
need for pesticides or any chemical fertilizers. The use of pesticides is rare
in most date farms. Medjool dates are a perfect example of organic dates.
As a matter of fact, Medjool dates are a type of fresh fruit. Most
people mistakenly think that this type of date is dried fruit.
The fact is that Medjool dates are harvested
from the date palm, cleaned, sorted, and packaged right away.
They’re never physically or chemically dried.
In other words, no drying process happens. Medjool dates have a rich,
almost caramel-like taste and a soft, chewy texture while other dates are
usually smaller and have firm flesh and a sweet, delicate flavor. Growing
Medjool date is an exhausting process. It takes about seven years for a
tree to produce.
Once that happens growers have to go up and down the trees 12-15 times a
year to tend to the dates. Interestingly, farmers call their growing areas “
date gardens” or “date groves”, not fields! To sum up, organic dates differ
from other types of fruits. They were never treated with pesticides. The desert-like climate doesn’t allow for insects or pests to survive so it’s unnecessary
using any pesticides or chemical materials.
Is it ok for everyone to eat organic dates daily?
Dates are high in natural sugar, so many people think they may not be
suitable for them.
However, these sweet fruits are packed with plenty of nutrients
making them an excellent snack in moderation.
They are full of nutrients and have a lot of health benefits. Additionally, they are high in fiber which is good in cleansing the intestinal tract.
So they qualify to be called a superfood.
Furthermore, Dates are rich in magnesium – a mineral known for its anti-inflammatory benefits.
One study found that “inflammatory indicators” in the body
such as CRP (C-reactive protein), TNF (tumor necrosis factor-alpha),
and IL6 (interleukin 6) were all reduced
when magnesium intake was increased.
Organic Dates & fitness
To become in shape, eight almonds and two dates are highly suitable since
they offer around 150-200 calories and will fire up your metabolism,
stabilize your blood sugar, stop you from reaching for the coffee,
and help your body produce vital melatonin later in the evening to
help you sleep.
We must remember that dates
are rich in iron and dietary fiber
but eating a lot of them will lead to weight gain.
So avoid eating a bunch of them if you’re trying to lose weight. It is also
possible to soak dates for a few hours and eat them in the morning after wake up.
It also a good option to make smoothies with organic dates. Since it has lots
of benefits, you can mix it with peanuts, milk, biscuits, and banana. The
outcome will highly impress you. It’s delicious and beneficial for women,
children, and even athletes. Another amazing drink that you can make is to
mix coconut, peanut butter, milk, banana, chocolate powder, and organic dates. The result will be delicious.
We can make another creative and delicious snack with organic dates as below.
To make this delicious snack you need fruit, such as apple but you can
use any kind of apple you prefer.
You also need date caramel, unsweetened coconut flakes, chocolate chips,
and coconut oil. Ultimately, melt
the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small bowl in the microwave.
Drop the chocolate mixture across the coconut and mix thoroughly.
Be sure that all these above-mentioned recipes are safe. To elaborate,
these mentioned recipes have only 121 calories, 0mg Cholesterol, 0g trans-fat,
18 g sugar, 5g fat, 3 g protein, and 2 g saturated fat. They are super simple
and fun to make. You need to have only some organic dates, milk,
banana, chocolate powder, coconut oil, and peanut butter. That’s all. Great
kid-friendly recipes are ready!
Moreover, there are also some other recipes with lower calories for athletes. To be more specific, you can make protein bars using some dates, oats, saffron, salt, coffee powder, peanut butter, coconut butter, and honey. This will result in a high protein snack for you.