Medjool dates were first imported into the United States from Morocco in 1927. Each date palm tree will produce about 150-255 pounds of dates per year.
How to Select Medjool Dates
Choose dates that are intact, moist and without blemishes or mold. Pitted dates have had the pit removed, others still contain the pit – be careful not to swallow the pit or injure your teeth.
How to Store Medjool Dates
Dates are best stored in the refrigerator in an air tight container to help them retain moisture. They can be stored up to 6 months in the refrigerator, but may lose moisture the longer they sit. Large quantities of dates can also be frozen for up to one year.
How to Prepare Medjool Dates
Packaged dates purchased from the grocery store are ready to eat. Dates that are purchased fresh from a farmer should be carefully checked for black mildew spots before storing or eating. Medjool dates may be stuffed with cheese or nuts, sliced and added to breads, cereals, or entrées. Medjool dates can also be blended into smoothies.
Nutrition Benefits Medjool Dates
Low calorie, fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free; an excellent source of fiber and a good source of potassium, niacin, and vitamin B-6
Medjool dates will add a lot of fiber to your day. Just four dates contain 28% of your DV (daily value) for fiber! Fiber is important for aiding weight loss and digestion.
Medjool dates are a good source of potassium. This essential mineral is needed to build muscle, regulate your heart beat, control fluid balances and break down carbohydrates. Four dates contain 15% DV for potassium.
One serving of Medjool dates contains 12% DV for niacin. This important vitamin is needed to breakdown food into energy, DNA production and nerve function.
Vitamin B-6 is an essential nutrient for protein metabolism so that your body can build muscle and grow hair and nails. Four Medjool dates contain 19% DV for vitamin B-6!
The natural antioxidants in fruits and vegetables will help keep your body working at its best, so consuming a diet that meets your daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to give your body a strong defense against disease. Fruits and vegetables are protective to health as they’re helpful at reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and some cancers. They’re also low in calories, which helps prevent obesity … a significant risk factor for type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.