Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Delectable Dates

All around Kuwait these palms can be spotted with sacks of dates growing to maturity.  There are some even here where I live.  Harvest time is Sept/Oct.


According to the World Food and Agricultural Organisation, there are 90 million date palms currently under plantation, with each tree capable of growing for 100 years and more than two million dates grown in the Middle East every year.


The versatility of the date has firmed up the fruit's culinary following in recent years, from fillings such as almonds, candied orange, lemon peel and marzipan, DSCN0966 DSCN0964 DSCN0965 to tagines, bread and desserts, or innovations such as sparkling date juice. In India, North Africa, Ghana and the Ivory Coast though, date palms are traditionally tapped for their sweet sap, which is converted into palm sugar and molasses and alcohol. (taken from an article in Arabian Business)



Anonymous said...

I still need to make my date nut bread with the dates you brought me! Now it will have to wait till after Italy!:)