The ‘Medjoul’ is the finest of dates. It is grown in the Jericho area which has the perfect climate for producing these delicious, soft and succulent dates. They are sourced through the ‘Palm Farmers Cooperative’ and are a vital source of income in this area.
Dates are one of the oldest tree crops cultivated by man. More than 5000 years ago this valuable tree helped sustain the desert and nomadic peoples of the Middle East and North Africa.
Medjoul dates have been called the “king of dates” and the “crown jewel of dates.” Like most dates, the fruit is dried prior to being eaten. What really makes these dried wonders so special is that they are exceptionally large, contain a large amount of “fruit meat,” and are extremely sweet. Each center of the date has an elongated pit, which is easy to remove. Despite its sweetness, a couple of medjool dates only contain about 90 calories. They’re a good source of fiber and contain high levels of potassium, magnesium, copper and manganese. They do have a significant amount of fruit sugar, but this can make them a perfect alternative to other forms of dessert.
The “Medjoul” variety is produced in Jericho and the Jordan Valley in Palestine, and in some other places like California, USA.
Medjoul dates are usually eaten fresh as a desert after lunch or dinner. They are also used as an ingredient of different kinds of sweets and in packing as a paste.
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Why not make Medjoul Date Shake?
10 Medjoul Dates chopped and pitted
Vanilla Ice Cream
A teaspoon of vanilla extract
Low fat milk
Some ice cubes
1. Pit your dates. Hold the date with both hands and pinch down with both thumbs on each side of the date. The pit will pop up through the middle.
2. After dates have been pitted, chop into tiny cubes which can blend easily.
3. Pour milk, vanilla and dates into blender and blend on high until smooth.
4. Once smooth, add ice cubes and blend
5. Add your favorite vanilla ice cream.
4. Blend and enjoy
Why medjool dates are a natural healthy snack...It’s because they contain many vitamins and minerals including:
Vitamin A: has a role in the development and maintenance of healthy skin, hair, eyes, immunity and reproduction.
Magnesium: sometimes called the “anti-stress mineral” and helps in the regulation of blood pressure and in the prevention of dental cases.
Vitamin B: helps fuel the body by converting blood sugar into energy. It is essential for the nervous system, cardiovascular and muscular functions.
Potassium: helps regulate major body functions including normal heart rhythm, nerve impulses, blood pressure and muscle contractions.
Iron: functions primarily as a carrier of oxygen in the body. It also helps in energy metabolism and work performance due to its effect on blood cells’ efficiency.
Phosphorus: contributes to a healthy bone and teeth structure as well as other cells in the body.
The Producers: Medjool dates in Palestine are produced by Palestinian farmers who are members of the Palm Tree Farmers’ Association which operates in Jericho and the Jordan Valley. This cooperative has around 65 members who are all dedicated to producing very high quality Medjool dates, to organic farming and environmental protection.
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