Dates are sweet and tasty when eaten fresh. They are cultivated from
trees. A good date palm will produce 100 years or more. One can produce
300 to 600 pounds of dates a year.
Fresh dates keep well under refrigeration, making them available
throughout the year. The season of top abundance is from September
to May, and the peak is in November.
The fully ripe date is plump, with a golden brown smooth skin. The
natural sugar in the date is much better for someone than highly refined
white sugar. Dates in their dry, powdered form can replace refined
They can be added to breads and baked goods to provide a natural
Dates are an outstanding source of nutrition. They give energy to
people who engage in physical exercize or hard work. They are also
a good source of copper, an essential mineral often difficult to find
in a regular diet.