A tree fruit native to desert climates that’s high in sugar and eaten fresh or dried
Dates are among the sweetest fruits in the glob. These chewy, sweet fruits are available in several varieties and are sold both fresh and dried. They grow on large trees known as Date Palms and are native to the Middle East and North Africa where they have been enjoyed for thousands of years. . Dates can be eaten out of hand or used as a topping for sweet and savory dishes, and they can also be incorporated into salads and pureed into sauces.
The word “date” comes from the Greek word daktulos, which means “fingers,” possibly named as such for the fruit’s shape. Dates come in many varieties, but only a few are available in each region since each types of date devotes to special area. Most dates are allowed to hang on the trees to “cure” and dry a bit before being harvested so they will last longer once picked. They will still be quite soft but have a bit more of a toothsome quality to them. These are the “fresh dates” available at some supermarkets, specialty grocery stores, and farmers’ markets. Fresh dates have a high sugar content, which intensifies as the fruit is dried; thus, fresh dates differ in both taste and texture from the sugared, desiccated, chopped ones sold in boxes in the baking aisle of the grocery store. Certain varieties, such as Medjool or Piarom, are more expensive than others because their harvest is more labor intensive or the amount of their products are low.
In Middle East specially Iran, There are many varieties of dates which you can see the most popular and important types of them here.
Payvand Company: Supplier of Dates
It is important to get your food from reliable suppliers and stores. Payvand Company, with years of experience and background in supplying dates, especially Iranian dates, is ready to provide the types of dates desired by its customers with the highest quality.