Medjool dates are rightfully known as the King of Dates.
The world's oldest cultivated fruit, they originated in North Africa, likely Morocco, where they were reserved for royalty.
With their large size, juicy flesh and sweet, caramel-like flavour, these dates are highly prized worldwide.
Why are Medjools Pricier Than Other Dates?
Medjool dates are among the most prized world-wide both for their unique taste, size, and for the fact that growing them well, to ensure superior quality, is highly labour intensive.
On our farm, this starts from high quality imported tissue culture seedlings, to removing thorns off the date fronds, to hand pollinating each female palm several times, to removing strands of dates entirely and finally thinning each strand (removing fruit) to provide better air flow and allow each date to reach it's potential. All that before hand harvesting! This is done when dates reach the exact ripeness needed, and are picked to leave the rest to ripen; they are then laid in racks to dry in Bahariya's glorious sun and checked/ rotated daily until they reach just the right humidity.
A lot of work, but work we do with passion, simply because we believe that the end results, and a quality product, are worth it.
Medjools may be nature's candy, but they are also a nutritional powerhouse. Rich in potassium, which is crucial to muscle and cardiovascular health, reducing blood pressure and cholesterol, these gems are also high in fibre with just 4 dates containing 28% of the daily recommended value for fibre. For those unaware, fibre is a necessary dietary component for digestive health, which is also key to reducing cholesterol levels.
Did you know that eating medjool dates can also help regulate your metabolism? Well, now you know! B vitamins such as niacin and folic acid found in dates are key in the processes that surround energy generation in the body.
Finally, dates are a great source of antioxidants including carotenoids, polyphenols, the consumption of which has been linked to reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.
No matter how you look at it, medjool dates make a wonderful addition to any healthy diet. Be sure to check our recipe ideas for serving suggestions, or just eat these wonderful portable and travel friendly snacks as is!