I’m not talking romantic dates – I’m talking fresh, delicious, dates that you eat.
Growing up in the Midwest, dates weren’t a part of our usual weekly fruit choices. In fact, I can only remember eating dates as part of my mom’s date nut bars that she made every holiday season. Last year I was introduced to fresh dates, and this summer I really enjoyed nibbling on dates as a snack or dessert.
Here are some cool date facts:
– in several countries, a bowl of fresh dates is always on the table as a sign of hospitality
– dates contain less water than any other fruit – they’re fresh, even though they seem like a dried fruit
– dates are fat free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free, and a good source of fiber (1/4 cup provides 12% of the daily value for fiber).
– 3 dates are a serving (about 50-60 calories)
– dates keep for up to 1 year in the refrigerator – and you can even freeze them!
If you’re looking for a tasty fruit to add to your weekly choices, consider dates!