WHAT IS A DATE?
The date is the fruit of the date palm, a tree native to North Africa and the Middle East. The cultivation of the date palm tree spans as far back as five thousand years and is often referred to as the "tree of life", and throughout this time the tree has been used to weave blankets, make rope and most of all has been a source of food in a place where food can be scarce at times.
The fruit (the date) itself is called the "bread of the desert" as it has helped sustain nomadic tribes roaming the Middle Eastern deserts.
WHAT DOES DEGLET NOUR MEAN?
Deglet Nour dates are the most widely grown dates in North Africa. Deglet Nour (dates of light) are so called because of their translucence. Their seed can be seen right through the flesh when held to the light. They are natural and fresh dates that have not undergone any treatment. They are medium sweet, cure well and are distinguished by a pleasant, nutty aftertaste similar to that of a lightly roasted peanut. Their balanced sugar level, wealth of vitamins and loads of minerals make them an ideal snack or quick energy source.
WHERE IS ALYA DEGLET NOUR DATES IMPORTED FROM?
WHERE IS ALGERIA LOCATED?
Algeria sits on the northern coast of Africa, nestled between Tunisia and Morocco
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALGERIAN AND CALIFORNIAN DEGLET NOUR?
Californian Deglet Nour Palm trees were brought to the U.S from French Algeria in 1900. Both dates are similar. However, the microclimate of the region where Deglet Nour dates are grown in Algeria have contributed to making Algerian Deglet Nour dates unique. Biskra" the sweet city" is famous for its high quality Deglet Nour dates in Algeria. Its climate is characterized by its warm air and wet soil. As a result, the dates from this region have different size, texture, color and taste.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DEGLET NOUR AND MADJOUL DATES?
Medjool dates have been called the king of the dates. They are exceptionally large, contain a large amount of "fruit meat," and are extremely sweet. On the other hand, Deglet Nour dates are smaller, medium sweet with a translucent blond color, and a soft caramel-like taste.
WHEN IS THE HARVEST SEASON OF DATES?
It starts from October through January.
HOW CAN WE USE THE DATE?
Dates continue to have a quintessential presence on the dinner table in many cultures of North Africa and the Middle East. It is usually accompanied by a cup of tea or a glass of buttermilk. In addition to being served fresh, the date fruit is also eaten as a snack and is now incorporated in many things such as salads, cereals and various desserts and cookies.
WHERE DO WE STORE DATES?
Dates should be stored in a cool storage. They will retain their flavor and nutritive value up to one year if stored in the refrigerator. They can be kept even longer if frozen.