In addition to being extensively rich in fibre, sugar and magnesium, dates provide and opulent source of Vitamin C, potassium and carbohydrates, which allow to body to stay healthy and fit. Another reason for the popularity of dates among Muslims is that the Prophet (PBUH) used to break his fast with the fruit during the holy month.
A homeland of the date palm tree and a top producer of dates, Saudi Arabia offers more than 300 types of local appetizing dates ranging from soft to dry or semi-dry dates. Nurtured for over 10,000 years, the date palm is considered one of the oldest trees in the world.
A few major classifications of the different types of dates include:
1. Soft (e.g. Khlas Qassim and Khlas Kharj)
Widely popular in Saudi Arabia due to their soft texture, Khlas dates have a healthy nutritional content of sugars, proteins, and Vitamin C. The Eastern province is known to offer the highest quality of these dates.
2. Soft or Semi-Dry (e.g. Ajwa , Anbara , Mabroom , Medjool, and Barni)
One of the most common soft or semi-dry dates is the Ajwa. Owing its popularity to a hadith by the Prophet (PBUH), Ajwa is primarily cultivated in the holy city of Madina. The prophet PBUH once said “Whoever has 7 Ajwa Dates every morning, he/she will not be harmed by poison or magic on that day”. Packed with a range of health benefits, Ajwa dates enable the body to become less vulnerable to carcinoma and circulatory diseases
3. Dry (e.g. Ruthana , Nabtat Ali , Segi and Sukkari)
Among the dry dates, Segi is widely popular in Saudi Arabia. Commonly found in Riyadh, Segi dates are reddish brown in color and have a yellow bump on top.
By Sufrati.com on 5th Aug 2013