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).