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10 Types Of Dates You Should Look Out For

By Sumaiyya Naseem

Who doesn’t love having dates?! From awesome health benefits to deliciousness, dates come in all kinds of tastes and textures. In the very least, there are soft dates and dry ones and both kinds have their specialties!


Did you know that the people of Saudi Arabia used to exchange dates for silk in times even before Prophet Isa? These dates and silk travelled the ancient silk route (China Silk Road).

1. Ajwa

This is a combination of the soft and dry variety, sweet to eat and smooth in the mouth. These dates are known to have healing properties, and, in a hadith, the prophet is reported to have said that having seven ajwa dates in the morning protects a person from magic and poison until the evening.

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Photo Credit: wampsolutions.com


2. Anbara

These large dates are a favourite due to their big, fleshy form and small seed. They’re also one of the most expensive varieties! They’re sweet, brown and full of protein.

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Photo Credit: flickr.com


3. Safawi

These black dates are sweet, fleshy and packed with vitamins. They are soft and cultivated in Madinah. These dates are known for their healing properties. If eaten on an empty stomach, they kill stomach worms. They’re also famous for their high mineral content.

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Photo Credit: foundeats.com


4. Barhi

These are yellow and crunchy. The ripe date tastes like caramel and brown sugar. It’s sweet, like most dates, and totally worth it. These creamy dates are really delicate and often sold while they’re still on the thin branches. These seasonal dates can be frozen and stored for months.

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Photo Credit: 30bananasaday.com


5. Saghai

These crisp dates are cultivated in Riyadh. They are usually brown, and light yellow at the tip. They’re wrinkled but don’t flake, and are definitely must-haves!

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6. Khudri

These dark brown dates are dry and sweet. They have wrinkled skin and may be either large or small. They’re one of the most exported dates because of their freshness and reasonable prices. They are one of the best dates to go for if you want to refresh and energize.


7. Sukkari

These are crisp and really sweet; a quality which gives them their name. These are known for their healing and nutritious properties. They lower cholesterol, prevent tooth decay and also help get rid of fatigue. These are cultivated in Al Qaseem region.

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Photo Credit: mtjre.com


8. Zahidi

These golden, oval dates have a firm texture and nutty taste. They have thick skin, are semi dry and less sweet than other dates. They are high in fiber.

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Photo Credit: nuts.com


9. Mejdool

These are known as the ‘Queen of Dates’. They have a large, cushiony texture, strong and sweet flavour. They’re really popular in America and are often used in making shakes and smoothies. They’re usually available year round.

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Photo Credit: youngandraw.com


10. Kholas

These dates have a caramel flavour when cured. They’re sticky when they’re fresh and usually consumed with Arabic coffee. They have loose skin, and they originated in Al Qaseem and Al Kharj regions of our country.

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Photo Credit: greenfronds.com

These are ten types of dates that are loved by many! There are a lot of varieties of dates and one of the best ways to eat them is with almonds stuffed inside of them and with sesame. You can also dip your dates in Nutella and see what that tastes like!

Do you have a favourite?! Tell us in the comments below!

Sources:
https://www.yahoo.com/food/a-glossary-of-dates-109888658170.html
http://saudiarabiadates.com/dates.htm

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