Archaeological evidence suggests the date palm, on which dates grow, was cultivated as early as 7,000 BCE in Mehrgarh, a neolithic civilization in what is now Pakistan. It is believed to originate from an area that is now Iraq, and was a staple food in the Middle East, from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt. This tree was synonym of oasis when in the desert.
The Deglett date is super sweet, with a texture that's drier and chewier than the Medjool date. It's a healthy and nutritious snack, perfect for a post-workout bite or curbing sugar cravings. It can also be used as a replacement sweetener in smoothies, and other sweet dishes. Its texture makes it the perfect ingredient for baking, especially to make date squares!
Be careful of fermentation! Dates contain sugar which means they need to be conserved in a cold and dry cupboard, away from humidity. You can also put them in your fridge. If stored properly, dates can be kept for up to 8 months.
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