Benefits:Dates are sweet and nourishing; they influence the stomach meridian and help harmonize the liver. Unlike refined sweeteners, they build up a person and so are used for weakness, symptoms of aging, and lack of semen and impotence. On the other hand, they are not recommended for people with diabetes, obesity, yeast infections, or respiratory infections. As a date dries, its fructose changes to sucrose, so the drier the date, the sweeter it is. The chief nutritional value of dates is their high sugar content, which varies from 60 to 75 percent. Organic dates are a good source of niacin, iron, and potassium. Present in small amounts are calcium, chlorine, and magnesium, and vitamins A and B.
Suggested Use:Dates, either dried or fresh, are eaten as an out-of-hand snack or chopped and used to sweeten baked goods, puddings, granola, and confections. Dates are often stuffed with almonds or served alongside kumquats. Roasted date pits are used as a coffee substitute.
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