Dates

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Pop­u­larly known as ‘fruit of heaven’, dates are an in­te­gral part of Ara­bian her­itage and iden­tity - served both in greet­ing and af­ter ev­ery meal.

The his­tory ev­i­dences that the old­est date palm tree dis­cov­ered on Delma Is­land in the Emi­rate of Abu Dhabi. To wel­come the guests, Arabs of­fer sweet, sticky dates and a tiny cup of car­damom-scented cof­fee. En­riched with fiber, potas­sium, cop­per, man­ganese, mag­ne­sium and sev­eral vi­ta­mins, dates were an im­por­tant source of nu­tri­tion for the sailors and traders, whose leg­endary trav­els have been doc­u­mented as far back as 120 B.C. Fresh dates, are eaten plain or dusted with cumin. Dried ones are also used to make ‘date honey’ (called Dibs in Ara­bic).

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