Medjool dates are very large, extremely sweet and exceptionally meaty. The glossy brown skin is tender and supple and encases dark amber interior. Slightly chewy and succulent, the meaty pulp surrounds an elongated pit. The Medjool is usually left to ripen on the tree so as to maximize its natural sugar development; echoing flavors of caramel, honey and cinnamon.
Medjool dates are highly nutritious and a rich source of dietary fiber. They contain iron, potassium, B-vitamins, flavonoids, antioxidants and almost all twenty amino acids. One cup of dates has about 500 calories, 4.5 grams of protein and around 135 carbohydrates.
Dates were probably cultivated about 8,000 years ago in present-day Iraq.
Dates and laban, or buttermilk, are traditionally used by Muslims to break the Ramadan fast each evening.