It’s Ramadan season as earlier mentioned and one fruit that plays a very important role is dabino also called dates. I kinda prefer its dabino name 🙂 , gives it more character. They are eaten in large quantities this period which is a good thing because fasting requires a lot of energy and eating dates is a good way to replenish.
They come is mostly dry form, growing up in the north I ate fresh ones when they were in season. Fresh ones were yellow and a bit tangy but I guess that’s because of the specie. There are different species, no need to go into all that. Here are its health benefits and reasons why it should be eaten all year round and not just during Ramadan.
Dabino is high in fibre and contains lots of natural sugars. It can be used in place of sugar in a smoothie, milkshakes and cakes.
It’s a good source of potassium which helps in improving overall health. Potassium gives relief from stroke, anxiety, stress, helps with blood pressure, heart and kidney disorders.
It is believed to induce labour, so eating a handful a day 4 weeks to baby’s due date will help make labour process faster. Due to its high fibre content, it boosts colon health and eases constipation.
Depending on the type of dabino, each one contains between 40-60 calories each and has sugar content as high as 60% .
It can be eaten dry or soaked and used in place of raisin when baking a cake or like I mentioned earlier, skip sugar and use a few dates instead.
**It’s also important to note that if you are on a low sugar diet, it’s advisable to eat them in moderation.
Will be sharing my first dabino recipe tomorrow, join me then!
Azu 🙂 .
Sources: organic facts, wise geek.