Sep 29, 2007


Dates (Arabic: تمر Tamr) have been a staple food of the Middle East for thousands of years. They are believed to have originated around the Persian Gulf, and have been cultivated since ancient times from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt, possibly as early as 6000 BC. There is archaeological evidence of date cultivation in eastern Arabia in 4,000 BC.
Dry or soft dates are eaten out-of-hand, or may be seeded and stuffed with fillings such as almonds, candied orange and lemon peel, and marzipan. Dates can also be chopped and used in a range of sweet and savoury dishes, from tajines (tagines) in Morocco to puddings, bread, cakes and other dessert items. Dates are also processed into cubes, paste, spread, date syrup or "honey" called "dibs", powder (date sugar), vinegar or alcohol. Recent innovations include chocolate-covered dates and products such as sparkling date juice



krystyna said...

Dates have a high tannin content and are used medicinally
as a detersive (having cleansing power) and astringent in intestinal troubles.
As an infusion, decoction, syrup, or paste, dates may be administered for
sore throat,
bronchial catarrh,
and taken to relieve fever and number of other complaints.

One traditional belief is that it can counteract alcohol intoxication.
The seed powder is also used in some traditional medicines.

enjoy your weekend time!

dot said...

I love dates! Actually, both kinds. lol. Beautiful picture!

The Waters said...

Beautiful pictures, I like your thoughts on smiling more/hating less in the world.

inspired said...

first time i've seen dates like this ;]

MM said...

Have eaten lots and lots; but its the first time I see them like this!!

Somehow they seem to me like yellow pearls...


JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

So strange, I am a real city-girl, I always thought that dates were brown and wrinkled, Haha This way I know/or I've seen them.... :) Funny that its not so Right?

Happy and creative weekend:)

photowannabe said...

Really nice shot. It looks like its raining dates.
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Dick said...

I have never seen dates like this, but for sure it is a very good photo.

ASH said...

I never liked dates that much, till I found a recipe where you cook them with chicken and other Moroccan-style spices - delicious! It is interesting to see them in their natural state - they look nothing like the ones I'm used to, dried and pitted. I liked learning more about them!

Emery Roth II said...

Like some others here, I've never seen dates like this. I've only eaten them dried or in in Indian food when I didn't know they were there. when I first looked I thought they were odd potatoes. Lovely shot.

Sunkyoung said...

Interesting name indeed. I'd like to try it some day.

Nicholas Brody said...

Musandam Dibba Great place where you can enjoy with your friends and family..

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