Later on the dates were spread by the Arabs to South and South West Asia, northern Africa, Spain, Italy and were finally introduced into Mexico and California around 1765 by the Spaniards.
While dates come in many different varieties, the most commonly consumed in the United States is the "deglet noor" date. Five of those dates (42g) contain 117 calories and provide a good source of fiber, antioxidants and potassium.
University of California-Davis researchers found Deglet Noor dates to have the most antioxidant scavenging power compared to other varieties and that a handful of these dates has roughly the same antioxidant capacity as a half glass of red wine.
~Source: Dole Food Facts.
Dates fit right in to a low sodium (salt) diet and provide a good amount of iron, protein, calcium, sulphur, iron, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium. They are a good source for vitamins A, B, C and D, but are low in cholesterol and fat.
The sugar level of dates varies by species and can be rather high which may make them not very suitable for consumption by those with diabetes.
Dates are more and more used as an ingredient for several dishes, but are a delicacy eaten fresh or dried. Recipes for cooking with dates can be found online.
Fresh dates when kept in an air tight container can be stored in the refrigerator for up to six months, while dried dates stored in the way out of the fridge can hold up to a year. Freezing keeps them even longer, when stored in an air tight plastic bag or container.
Dates are fruits of the date palm and grow in large clusters. It takes about 10 years for the palm to bear fruit, but the wait is worth it.
It may take us a lot longer to fully live according to the fruits of the Spirit; it may be simple, but not easy to live a righteous life. Practice makes perfect though and God is very patient. To Him, each one of us is worth the wait. :-)
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.