Date Varieties: Deglet Noor

Dates are sweet and delicious fruits that come in many different varieties. Deglet Noor dates are one of the most popular types. They are known for their rich flavor and texture. These sweet and chewy fruits are packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making them the perfect snack for any time of day. Plus, they’re easy to store and transport, so you can enjoy them on the go. Check out this guide to learn more about Deglet Noor dates and how to incorporate them into your diet. 

DEGLET NOOR DATES AND THEIR DIFFERENCE TO OTHER VARIETIES:

Pitted Deglet Noor dates originated from North Africa and were brought to the United States through California. In many ways, these dates are different from other varieties (like Medjool, Bahri, ajwa, sukkari, khesab, and khudri). 

Appearance

Deglet Noor dates are light brown (honey-colored), medium-sized (about 5-6 cm), elongated and translucent. Other date varieties have a much darker color.

Texture

Deglet Noor pitted dates are semi-dry, soft, firm, with medium-thick and delicate skin. They also have a medium level of fiber. Other varieties like Medjool are soft with higher moisture content.

Taste

The flavor of the Deglet date is delicate and distinctive. They have a relatively less sweet taste when compared to other varieties. Pitted noor dates are medium sweet, chewy, and nutty, like browned butter or cashews.

Uses

Pitted Deglet dates have a moderate sweetness. They are great to incorporate both in baked goods and whole dishes. Other dates with a high sweet profile aren’t great in whole dishes.

You can also include them in your salads as they are easy to chop and dice and do not become mushy.

Nutrition Content

Organic Deglet Noor dates are among the healthiest dates you can eat. 100 g of these dates contain about 282 calories,75.03 g total carbohydrates, 63.35 g sugar, 8 g fiber, and 656 mg potassium. Other dates like barhi date contain about 163 calories, 38.7 g total carbohydrates, 6.7 g fiber, and 0 mg potassium per 100g.

Below are Deglet Noor dates nutrition facts (per 1 date)

Nutrient

Amount

Protein (g)

0.2

Total lipid (fat) (g)

0.03

Carbohydrate, by difference (g)

6.23

Energy (kcal)

23.41

Sugars, total (g)

5.26

Fiber, total dietary (g)

0.66

Calcium, Ca (mg)

3.24

Iron, Fe (mg)

0.08

Magnesium, Mg (mg)

3.57

Phosphorus, P (mg)

5.15

Potassium, K (mg)

54.45

Sodium, Na (mg)

0.17

Zinc, Zn (mg)

0.02

Copper, Cu (mg)

0.02

Manganese, Mn (mg)

0.02

Vitamin A, IU (IU)

0.83

Vitamin C, ascorbic acid (mg)

0.03

DEGLET NOOR DATES AND THEIR HEALTH BENEFITS:

Noor pitted dates have many health benefits, including great potassium, magnesium, and iron sources. They are also a good source of fiber. This makes them a healthier choice for dessert than other popular desserts such as chocolate cake or ice cream. Here’s a look at how your health can improve from eating pitted Deglet Noor dates.

Good for Digestive Health

Deglet Noor dates can be used to treat or prevent digestive issues like constipation. This is because the fruit is high in fiber. Fiber helps prevent constipation by adding bulk to your stool so that it passes more easily through the digestive system. You can eat a few dates each day to help relieve constipation. You can also add them to your breakfast cereal or smoothie.

Improves Heart Health

Deglet Noor dates are good for your heart. They are high in fiber, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These nutrients are important in keeping your heart healthy. The dates also contain antioxidants, which can help fight inflammation.  

Good for Bones

Deglet Noor dates are high in calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D. These nutrients help strengthen your bones and keep them healthy. They can also reduce your risk of bone conditions like osteoporosis.

Promote Brain Health

According to research, including dates in the diet may lower your risk, delay, or slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. 

May Help Prevent Cancer

Deglet Noor dates are rich in antioxidants like anthocyanins. Studies suggest that anthocyanin can help prevent cancer.

Can Improve Skin Health

Deglet Noor dates are good food for your skin. They are high in iron, vitamins A, C,  and E, zinc, potassium, and magnesium. These nutrients are important for keeping your skin healthy. The dates also contain antioxidants, which can help protect your skin from free radical damage.

Great Sugar Substitute

You can use Deglet Noor dates as a sugar substitute in baked goods. This enables you to enjoy the taste of your favorite dessert without feeling guilty. Snacking on this naturally sweet fruit can also help curb your sweet tooth and stop sugar cravings. This may make you feel satisfied and allows you to have your favorite foods without sabotaging your weight loss goals.

SHOPPING FOR AND STORING DEGLET NOOR DATES:

You can find Deglet Noor dates in the produce section of your local grocery store or at a Middle Eastern grocery store. The best time to buy these dates is from November through February during their fresh season. This means you will get them at their peak quality!

When shopping for Deglet Noor dates, look for plump, firm dates free of blemishes. If not readily available in your area, you can order them online.

Store Deglet Noor dates in a cool, dry place. Pitted noor dates can be stored at room temperature for up to 2-3 weeks or in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. You can also freeze them for up to one year. If you are going to freeze the dates, first coat them in honey. This way, they won’t stick together.  

HOW TO COOK WITH BARHI DATES:

Since Barhi dates are sweet with a rich and syrupy taste.  You can enjoy them on their own as a healthy snack, or you can use them as a natural substitute for refined sugars. 

Barhi date fruits are convenient for homemade desserts.  They pair deliciously with other fruit varieties. 

Pitted and diced Barhi dates can be added to a fruit salad for an extra sweet crunchiness. You can also add Barhi dates to your breakfast bowl made of yogurt, fruits, nuts, and coconut flakes.

For optimal balance, pair dates with a protein or healthy fat to feel full for longer, balance blood sugar, and improve overall satisfaction at the meal. 

We hope this article has given you a clearer understanding of Deglet Noor dates and the health benefits associated with them, as well as some ideas on how to integrate them into your diet. If you’ve found yourself wondering if it’s worth investing in this type of date, we encourage you to give it a try! The taste will likely surprise you, but more importantly, they are rich in nutrients that can help keep your body healthy.

Summary

Pitted Deglet Noor dates are among the most popular dates you can find. They are known for their rich flavor and soft texture. Like other dates, Deglet Noor dates have numerous health benefits. They help prevent cancer, are great for bones, heart health, digestive system, and brain health. You can eat Deglet Noor date as they are or incorporate them in meals.

Scientific Information

Fiber – parts of food that cannot be digested entirely

Antioxidant – a substance that can delay or prevent some types of cell damage caused by free radicals in the body inflammation – a condition that occurs when a physical or chemical factor triggers an immune reaction

Osteoporosis is a medical condition whereby the bone becomes fragile and brittle

Constipation – a condition where emptying bowels is difficult, may be associated with hardened feces

Free radical – a highly reactive and unstable molecule produced during normal cell metabolism

Written by:
Mwanajuma Ali
Dietician Nutritionist

Shares:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on email
Email
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on tumblr
Tumblr

Related post

Dates filled with wallnuts
Thank you for subscribing to our 7DVARIETY Daily Newsletter
Trusted Source

PubMed Central

Go to source