Cooking & baking
The first image that comes to mind when we hear about dates is actually the dehydrated (or semi-dehydrated) version of dates. They originally come from a tree since they are fruit, the Date Palm (or Phoenix dactylifera).
Dates can be incorporated into a variety of recipes. Be mindful of their intense sweetness, though — a little goes a long way! That also depends on the other ingredients you’re incorporating into your recipe, but for the most part, dates are a natural sweetener.
They can be used to sweeten cakes, cookies, and muffins and add flavour to savoury dishes. Dates are often used in Middle Eastern cuisine, either chopped and sprinkled on top of dishes or pureed to create sweet sauces and syrups.
Savoury cooking recipes with dates;
- Date and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers
- Date and Cannellini Bean Salad
- Date and Walnut Tacos
- Date and Butternut Squash Tagine
- Date, Basil and Pine Nut Pesto Pasta
Dried dates can even be ground into a powder and added to smoothies, cereal, or oatmeal for an extra boost of energy.