Mythology has it that Dates were given to Mary for consumption when she was expecting Jesus. Known for its rejuvenating properties, this tradition of consuming dates during pregnancy and general health is followed till date. Dates have been part of the stable diet in the Middle East and African regions, where they are mostly grown. It has a natural sweetness and mild yet distinctive flavor, which is satisfying, both when consumed as a fruit and as an ingredient in many dishes as formulations.
Apart from its great taste, it is packet with nutrients making it one of the most health single foods available with almost 70% of its flesh constituted as sugars, in the form of easily digestible glucose, making dates as a quick source of high energy.