Food - Drink
What Makes Medjool Dates Unique?
By EMILY BOYETTE
Dates are the perfect addition to a smoothie, salad, or dessert, and they're just as delicious when eaten plain — and Medjool dates are considered to be the best in the world. Hailing from Morocco, these prized fruits have a uniquely strong sweetness, plenty of nutritional value, and a versatility in the kitchen that makes them truly special.
Medjool dates are so sweet that they are often used as a sugar substitute, and have been called "nature's candy." These large dates are light in color and loaded with antioxidants, potassium, fiber, magnesium, copper, iron, and vitamin B, nutrients that can reduce the risk of heart disease, regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and more.
Medjools and other dates also require quite a lot of labor. To harvest fruit from date palm trees, growers hand-pollinate each tree by climbing the 40 to 50 feet tall trunks several times a season; the grower also has to trim sharp thorns, remove ripe dates for proper airflow and sunlight, and and cover the fruit in protective burlap or nylon.
Get ahold of some dates, and this superfood can be used in your diet in various ways; The Smithsonian recommends stuffing Medjool dates with your favorite soft cheese or nut butter, or baking them into cakes, cookies, breads, and even pies. Despite usually being dried, dates can go bad, so always check for spots, mold, or odd smells.