Best Quality and Selection of Medjool and Deglet Nour Dates at Pars Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Market in Columbia Maryland

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 Howard County Columbia Maryland 21045
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 in Howard County Columbia Maryland 21045
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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Sour Grapes at Pars Market in Columbia Maryland

 

Yup – these really are sour grapes. Cheek-suckingly, eye-wateringly sour. They even look mean, no?

 Sour Grape (Ghoreh) at Pars Market LLC Columbia Maryland 21045
Sour Grape (Ghoreh) at Pars Market

This, basically, is verjuice’s (verjus, for all you francophones out there) Mummy. The real deal. In Iran sour grapes are known as ghooreh, and verjuice as ab ghooreh, and they are a really important part of the cuisine. The season is awfully short (a few weeks in June/July), but the grapes are pressed, dried and ground, frozen and pickled so that we can enjoy their sharp goodness all the year round. Here are a few ideas on what to do with the stuff should it swing by your pantry/fridge.

A Big Bunch of Sour Grape at Pars Market LLC Columbia Maryland 21045
A Big Bunch of Sour Grape
  • Verjuice: i.e. the juice extracted from sour grapes. This finds its way into all manner of khoreshts *(or casseroles), and is somewhere between wine and vinegar in application. It is also used in salads in Iran, and is reputedly good for lowering high blood pressure/cholesterol. Strictly speaking it doesn’t need the fridge once opened: if you have a bottle, don’t be alarmed/go all squealy if it forms a king of must on top: just flick the mould off and carry on using it.

 

Verjuice (Sour Grape Juice) on the shelf at Pars Market Columbia, Maryland 21045
Verjuice (Sour Grape Juice) on the shelf at Pars Market
  • Sour grape powder: use like a spice – add to dishes at the sealing frying stage. It will add a lovely sharp zing to soups and stews. It is also great in marinades for fish and meat.   
Sadaf Brand Ground Sour Grape (Gard-e-Ghoreh) at Pars Market
Sadaf Brand Ground Sour Grape (Gard-e-Ghoreh) at Pars Market

 

  • Pickled Sour Grapes: apart from making a perfect gift for your mother-in-law (Les Dawson where are you now?), these can be dropped whole into casseroles/sauces to lend a dish little explosions of sharpness. You can also crush them into salad dressings and stuffing.

                               

Sadaf Brand Pickled Sour Grape Ghooureh Ghoureh at Pars Market Columbia Maryland 21045
Sadaf Brand Pickled Sour Grape Ghooureh Ghoureh
  • Fresh or frozen: fresh ones (like the ones THAT-WE’VE-GOT-IN-THE-SHOP-RIGHT-NOW-PLEASE-FORM-AN-ORDERLY-QUEUE) need to be washed well and picked through. Detach them from their stalky bits, and then just plop them whole into salads, casseroles etc. Glorious – and they will keep your dinner guests guessing. Now is a good time to buy them to freeze as well: you can use them straight from the freezer. Silly serving idea: they are quite fun dropped whole-frozen into Martinis.
Frozen Sour Grapes in Package at Pars Market LLC
Frozen Sour Grapes in Package

That should give you something to be going on with. If you are popping by the shop at Pars Market this week, do stock up: these are a real culinary treat.

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PARS MARKET LLC

9400 SNOWDEN RIVER PARKWAY Suite 109

COLUMBIA, MD, 21045

443-259-0002

http://www.parsmarketcolumbia.com

http://parsmarketcolumbia.blogspot.com