EN on Foods

December 2012 Issue

The Very Important Date

The folklore. Date fruit is one of the oldest cultivated tree crops, believed to have originated around the Persian Gulf. Domesticated more than 5,000 years ago, this Mediterranean staple was known as the “bread of the desert” for its abundance, stability, and quick source of energy among early hunter-gatherers and later, desert travelers. Dates are traditionally known as the food Muhammad ate when he broke his fast, and today are the food typically eaten after Ramadan’s sunrise to sunset fasts. It is said in Saudi Arabia that a house without dates is a hungry household.

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