MAR 20 202
As the holy month of Ramadan approaches, Dates (Khajoor) will again be an essential part of feasts throughout the globe, either in their natural form or as a part of the variety of dishes prepared from the dates.
Muslims break their fast at sundown every evening with Iftar feasts. However, before eating the full meal, people follow the tradition rooted in the religious teachings by serving Dates on their Iftar Table and consuming them as the first taste of food after a long day of fasting.
There are several kinds of dates, but some are more well-known than others and stand out owing to their remarkable health properties and exceptional quality. Dates come in all kinds of tastes, sizes and textures. In the very least, there are soft dates, dry ones as well as frozen dates, and they have their kind of uniqueness.
1- AJWA Dates
Also known as Holy Date and “King of all Dates”, Ajwa dates are cultivated in Al Madinah Al Munawwarah, Saudi Arabia. Known for their soft, fruity, and prune-like taste, Ajwa Dates are heavily dark brown, almost black in colour.
The Ajwa Date has a significant place in Islam, as it is said in hadith that the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) used to break his fast with seven Ajwa Dates. They ooze with natural glucose, which helps keep the body energized and hydrated during long hours of fasting, hence these Dates are most preferred for Ramadan Fasting.
Ajwa Dates, considered as pious and rich in medicinal value. They are a great source of healthy fats, protein, carbohydrates, and dietary fibre.
2- Kalmi/Safawi Dates
Kalmi Dates (Also known as Safawi Dates) are flavorsome and famous for their texture.
Kalmi Dates, whether dry or soft, are typically eaten by hand. They are sweet, moist dates cultivated in Madina, Saudi Arabia. These are damage-resistant.
Kalmi dates are rich in dietary protein fiber, Vitamins A, B, C. fiber activates the feeling of saturation. This is why they are consumed most during Ramadan at the time breaking fast.
These are rich in antioxidants, which protect your cell from free radicals. Dates also have anti-ageing advantages. They will stop the inflation of melanin in your body. Higher the melanin value experience to the blackness of the skin. So, add dates to diet and get fair and white skin.
As dates are naturally rich in carbohydrates, one Kalmi date contains 66 calories and 0 trans fats. They are an excellent source of energy.
3- Medjoul or Medjool Dates
Medjool Dates are accounted as one of the best kind due to their exceptional features, in terms of size, benefits and taste. They are known for their “Natural Sweetness” and are also considered as “Fruit of Kings”
Medjool Dates are larger in size compared to other Dates. They are chewy and caramel-like in taste and texture. They can be baked into desserts, blended into smoothies, or one of the most popular ways to enjoy them is stuffing them. Hence they are included for special recipes during Ramadan.
Medjool dates are energy-boosting claims and are high in vitamins and nutrients that can contribute to other health benefits.
Medjool Dates are rich in antioxidants and nutrients that promote digestion and support heart health. Sourced from Jordan they are an excellent source of phytonutrients that reduce inflammation and improve hormone regulation.
4- Tunisian Dates
Tunisian Dates, known as “Queen of The Dates”, are golden colour dates, are firm, fibrous flesh. These Dates are grown in Tunisia, thanks to its dry and hot climate that promotes the cultivation of date palm in its oases.
Tunisian Dates are soft and mildly sweet. With its long slender shape, it is ideal for presenting in open boxes or in a sumptuous dessert.
Whether you are a growing child, a sportsman, or an aged person, the natural vitamins and present in these dates shall ensure that you get the best health results.
Tunisian Dates are a very healthy fruit to include in your diet. They are high in several nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, all of which may provide health benefits ranging from improved digestion to a reduced risk of disease.
5- Sukkary Dry Dates
Sukkary or Sukri are one of the best Dates from Saudi Arabia which is very famous in the Middle East and North Africa.
Energy can be immediately gained by taking Sukkary Date which is high in Glucose, therefore many people consume these dates to break the fast. The one best benefit is for those who have over slimming issues can take these dates regularly, it helps in weight gain. Sukkary dates can also be used in sweet dishes, and they are flavoursome and sweetest dates.
These dates are juicy, soft, chewy, relatively big in size, and golden in colour. These dates have high fiber content, free from cholesterol, the high value of basic nutrients, like, Potassium, Magnesium, vitamins, minerals, and iron.
Sukkary dates are considered to be special gifts for Ramzan – a gift that has spiritual benefits as well as health benefits.
6-Rotana Rutab Dates (Frozen)
Rotana are Fresh dates preserved in freezer stores unripe or half ripe. They are premium indulgent soft-fleshed dates with a luxurious ‘melt-in-your-mouth texture. Frozen Rotana Dates are usually served cold.
Rotana are sweet, juicy and early picked dates, lusciously soft and juicy within a papery thin skin.
Rotana Dates are very rare Dates and are only available for a few short weeks in the summer months, especially in India, and hence you must make sure that your pre-order them
7- Khudri Dates
Khudri Dates are one of the most popular dates that come from Saudi Arabia. They have an elongated shape, and you can find them in different sizes. They usually have a uniform amber-to-dark brown colour. The skin of the Khudri date is moderately wrinkled and slightly flaky. They are chewy and have a caramel-like flavour.
Khudri dates have a great nutrition value and substantial amounts of calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, magnesium, unstable oils, Vitamin-B6, folic acid, proteins, sugars, and natural vitamins.