There’s a scene in my favourite silly movie of all time, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, where the incorrigible Sheriff of Rottingham says to Maid Marian:
“We have exotic foods from across the seas. Coconuts, bananas…and dates. Care for a date?”
Maid Marian: “Yes, thank you…”
Sheriff: “How about next Thursday!”
WTF are medjool dates?
Dates are fruits that grow on date palm trees. They originated in the Middle East and North Africa. The medjool is a ‘soft’ variety of date, prized for its large size, meaty chewy texture and rich flavour. That’s why it’s known as the ‘crown jewel of dates’!
Medjool dates are naturally very sweet (up to 70% sugar by weight!), with an almost caramel-y flavour. Mmm mmm!
Why should I eat them?
As with most fruits, they contain a lot of fiber (about 1.6g per date), plus high levels of potassium, magnesium, copper and manganese.
The high sugar content also makes medjool dates great for a post-workout snack when you’re burning loads of energy.
While they are a better alternative to processed sugar, just try not to overload on them as sugar is still sugar!
How do I eat them?
- First thing’s first: make sure to remove the pip!
- Cut them open, remove pip, fill with a teaspoon of nut butter, and eat post-workout (SO GOOD!)
- …or eat one on its own as a pre-workout energy snack!
- Add one to your green smoothie to sweeten it up (I keep mine halved and pitted in the freezer)
- Wrap with bacon, secure with toothpick and grill until bacon is crispy
- If you’re into healthy desserts, try this raw brownie recipe from My New Roots. It’s bloody good.
- Serve on a cheese platter (the texture and saltiness of the cheese really complements it)
Where the fork to I find them?
You can easily find them in supermarkets. Look for fresh ones (rather than dried) as they are way juicier. You can buy them in packets, and I used to buy them loose at Coles (they’re around the lettuce or berries section from memory).
Have you tried medjool dates? Experimented with any Paleo desserts? I’d love to hear your thoughts!