Dried Dates Fruit Facts

by Wendy Travolta

A healthy alternative to candy, dried dates have gained popularity among dieters for their sweetness and nutritional content. Dates can be eaten whole or baked into desserts.

Origin

The Phoenix genus breeds several varieties of dates, with the Phoenix dactylifera being among the most well-known. Also called the Date Palm, it is one of the world's oldest trees, considered a holy symbol by many religions.

Appearance

Dried dates are brown, oval-shaped and sun-dried, with a crackly, wrinkled outer shell. The inside is sweet and pasty, with a large pit. They are usually sold raw without additives. However, some dried dates are soaked in syrup or processed with sulphur.

Features

One serving of 100 grams yields 282 calories, less than 1/2 gram fat, and 2.5 grams protein. Though its sugar content is high (63.4 grams), it is still considered a healthy snack, owing to its bountiful vitamin content.

Benefits

Dates provide fiber, B-vitamins and vital minerals like iron, copper and manganese. They can help stave off hunger cravings, aiding diet efforts.

Storage

Dried dates can be stored in the refrigerator for up to six months, or in the cabinet for one month. When dates form crystals of sugar or turn color, they should be thrown away. Soak in water to rehydrate.

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About the Author

Based in New Jersey, Wendy Travolta has been working as a professional freelance writer since October 2009. Her areas of expertise include holistic health and wellness, natural beauty and fashion.