As one of the sweetest fruits, dates are rich in carbohydrates and provide your body with a healthy source of energy. With its lower moisture content, the dried date is a more concentrated source of nutrients than the fresh. Knowing the differences between the two types of dates can help you determine which works best in your meal plan. A dried date is dehydrated to remove its moisture. Dried dates have a longer shelf-life than the fresh. Dried dates if refrigerated in an airtight container stay fresh for up to one year, and if in the freezer can last up to five years. Soaking dried dates will give best results. Keep the dried dates in warm water for 15 mins. Drain them as they become soft. Dry the same in shelter. Further, enjoy on its own or can be used to make sauces, dessert, puree etc. Dates can also be chopped and used in a range of sweet and savoury dishes, puddings, bread, cakes and other dessert items.
• Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. It is also a good source of energy, sugar and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc can be found in them.
• Dates have high levels of soluble fiber, which is essential in promoting healthy bowel movements and the comfortable passage of food through the intestinal tract, which can relieve symptoms of constipation.
• Date contains selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, all of which are integral to healthy bone development and strength.
• Impressive levels of iron make them a perfect dietary supplement for people suffering from anemia.