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 after taste 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
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALGERIAN AND CALIFORNIAN DEGLET NOUR?
Californian Deglet Nour Palm trees were brought to the U.S.A. from French Algeria in 1900. 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.
|Fresh Medjool Dates at Pars Market|
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.” They are extremely sweet. Deglet Noor dates are smaller and have a translucent blond color and a soft caramel-like taste.
Deglet Nour is one of hundreds of cultivars of date palms. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the deglet nour cultivar is classified as the main date category according to its export value.
Algeria and Tunisia are the world’s largest producers of Deglet Nour dates. They are grown mainly in the Ziban region of Algeria and in the Djerid and Nefzaoua regions of Tunisia.
|Algerian and Tunisian Deglet Nour Dates at Pars Market|
WHERE ARE OUR DATES IMPORTED FROM?
Algeria and Tunisia
WHERE IS ALGERIA LOCATED?
Algeria sits on the northern coast of Africa, nestled between Tunisia and Morocco.
WHEN IS THE HARVEST SEASON OF DATES?
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 always be stored in a cool storage. They retain their flavor and nutritive value up to one year if stored in the refrigerator after opening. Keeping the dates cool,makes it last longer.
Dates are always available Fresh and high quality at Pars market. Pars Market has Algerian,Tunisian, and Medjool Dates just for you to enjoy them. Come and check us out for all other high quality grocery foods we carry at Pars Market in Columbia, Maryland!
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