The Tree of Life
Over history, the date palm tree has been very special to Middle Eastern cultures that it’s hard to imagine life without it. Every part of this native desert plant – from top to bottom - can be used to feed, protect, heal, and sustain human life.
Traditionally, palm date seeds are soaked in water until soft before fed to horses, goats, sheep, camels, and cattle or used as a soil fertilizer. Otherwise, it can be ground and roasted as a non-caffeinated alternative to coffee. Nowadays, the date seed oil extracted from the date seed powder is used in soaps and cosmetics as well as in medicinal preparations.
Besides providing a cool umbrella of shade, palm date leaves can be hand-woven into baskets, crates, fans, mats, and screens. The mature leaves, measuring about 12 to 15 feet, are used as a roofing material, for fencing, or as partitioning in houses. They can also be harvested and chopped to feed livestock and to make compost.
The tremendous tensile strength of the palm date trunk makes it ideal for making poles, beams, crates, and furniture. Cut the log into planks to use for fabricating doors, shutters, and staircases. In the middle of the palm trunk is a sweet pulp that can be cooked as a vegetable or eaten raw as a salad. It is also a source of fuel when burned.
Of course, the first use of a palm date tree is a source of the sweet edible fruit that’s been a staple in the Middle East for thousands of years. It’s a nutritious meal on its own packed with essential vitamins and minerals that energize the body and soothe hunger. A date can be eaten out of hand or baked in pastries, chopped in salads or pureed in smoothies.
Every part of the palm date tree is useful, but its fruit is the first that comes to mind when thinking of its benevolence. Sweet and creamy with a chewy, lush texture, Energy Dates from 7D VARIETY are a welcomed addition to this traditional comfort food.