History of dates and how they are eaten during Ramadan

May 15, 2018 | Najwa Taoussi


Have you ever wondered why nomads and desert inhabitants are so strong and healthy? How can they make long journeys, especially while fasting during Ramadan, after being in the sun for long periods each day? Probably because their favorite staple food is the date. This majestic desert fruit from the Arabian Peninsula has kept people full, healthy, and given them their necessary daily dose of energy for thousands of years. Today, we will learn about their history and how they eat dates during the month of Ramadan. There is also an awesome vegan recipe as a bonus at the end of the article!

Dates in religions


Dates are often mentioned in ancient Sumerian, Persian and Assyrian texts, as well as the Bible, the Quran and the Torah. Their benefits have been known for a long time and they were eaten by a hundreds of generations. As an example, it is mentioned in the bible that God asked Mary to eat the fruit of the Palm tree after she gave birth to the Beloved Jesus. It shows how much this fruit was beneficial and will always be. In Islam, the prophet Muhammad advised Muslims to consume them every day. He used to break his fast with them and combine them with bread, cucumber or ghee.

Dates: a quick and healthy energy booster


Throughout history, Arab men and women always broke their fast with dates during Ramadan. This gives them the natural sugars they need like fructose, glucose, and sucrose. Dates make the perfect snack for an immediate burst of energy. It is also a tradition to eat dates with a cup of coffee or plain milk first, for the additional calcium and vitamins that this combination gives the body. They also make cakes with date paste and other flavors to consume more dates in a different way.


How to prepare foods for Ramadan

Cooking for Ramadan seems like an oxymoron to most people, but it’s not! In reality, cooking establishes itself as an art and a central activity during the holy month. There are two large meals: the predawn sohoor and the sundown fotoor, or iftar. Men and women who love to cook will prepare the best meals for their families and friends. In Ramadan, dates are included in a number of sweet and salty recipes. Middle Eastern and Arab people use dates to prepare cakes, which are similar to naan bread or tortillas, and they are used to accompany meat. Dates can also be stuffed with the most delicious garnishes for Ramadan meals.