The date palm is a member of the palm family. The color of dates are originally green and turn brown when they ripen. Dates vary in many factors: color, taste, level of sweetness and consistency. Some dates are harder than others and some are so fragile that they need to be eaten right away. Varieties that are most commonly eaten are Deglet Noor, which is mostly popular worldwide, Medjool, Khadrawi, Zahidi, Halawi and Bardhi are other types.
Choose: Plump, soft and well-colored dates.
Avoid: dull, dry moldy or fermented dates.
At room temperature: 6-12 months, depending on the variety, in a cool and dry place.
In the fridge: 2 weeks. Wrap fresh dates so that they don’t absorb odors.
Excellent source: potassium.
Source: copper, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, niacin, magnesium and iron.
In its purest forms, dried fruits are fresh fruits with the water content removed. In the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, it has been revealed that antioxidants in dried fruits are twice as effective as those in the fresh fruits.
Buy: Metro hypermarket, Gourmet, NGS, Seoudi.
Choose: dried fruits from stores with a high turnover of merchandise to ensure quality and freshness.
Avoid: fruits with sulfite additives and that are hardened.
Dried fruits are bought loose or packaged.
At room temperature: 6-12 months, in a cool and dry place, protected from drafts