Date Varieties: Safawi Dates

  • Safawi dates are a sweet and chewy variety of date palm fruit
  • They come from the Al-Madina region of Saudi Arabia.
  • It is rich in fiber and iron and grows all year-round

Date palm fruits are rich in a number of nutrients and can be beneficial to include in your diet. Newer studies have indicated there are possible phytotherapeutic effects of including more date fruits in your diet. Phytotherapeutic agents are chemicals that come from plants. There are many different varieties of date palm fruits, and while overall they may provide similar health benefits, there are slight differences between the types of the fruit.



Safawi dates are a type of date palm fruit that is common to the Al-Madina region of Saudi Arabia. These dates are typically wrinkly, medium to large sized fruits that are deep black in color. They are soft and moist. These dates are very sweet and are usually available year-round.

Most other dates, such as the medjool variety, are more dry in consistency, while safawi dates are chewy in nature.



Traditionally, safawi dates were said to help cure intestinal disorders and even provide relief from constipation. While there is not enough evidence to support this thoroughly, studies show the potential health benefits of safawi dates. They are dark brown, sometimes almost so dark they look black. This is due to the high level of iron in the dates.

Research shows these dates are high in iron and calcium. They also contain large amounts of fiber. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that doesn’t get broken down in the body. Soluble fiber allows for easy digestion. A regular intake of fiber in the diet contributes to a healthy colon and digestive system. 

Safawi dates have also been shown to contain high levels of water in them in one study, which also stated that they contain high levels of antioxidants as well. These dates have also shown some antibacterial properties in lab settings.



Safawi dates should be stored in a cool, dry place, ideally in an airtight storage container. It is ideal to keep the dates frozen if they will be stored for long periods of time before consumption. 



Safawi dates can be eaten on their own or used in various desserts and dishes. They can be made into a paste that can be used as a sweetener in place of sugar or artificial sweeteners as a healthier option when cooking.

These dates are not as dry as others and make for a great, tasty, and nutritious snack on their own!

There are many ways to cook with safawi dates, but here are some simple and delicious recipes that you can try:

Stuffed Medjool Dates: This is an easy finger food recipe that can be served as an appetizer or a snack. You just need to pit some medjool dates and stuff them with soft goat cheese and chopped pistachios. Then, sprinkle some sea salt, smoked paprika, and honey (optional) on top. Enjoy the sweet and savory combo of these stuffed dates3.

Chocolate and Candied Orange Dates: This is a quick and tasty dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth. You just need to melt some dark chocolate (55-70% cocoa solids) in a microwave or a double boiler. Then, slit some dates (safawi or medjool) and remove the pits. Insert a piece of candied orange peel into each date and dip them in the melted chocolate.

There are many varieties of dates available, of which the safawi dates are a great one to try out for their taste and health benefits. They are nutritious and contain lots of iron and minerals. Safawi dates are available year-round as the plant they come from is high in productivity.


Safawi dates come from the Al-Madina region of Saudi Arabia. They are a sweet and chewy variety of date palm fruits that are cultivated year-round. These dates are rich in fiber and iron.


Phytochemicals: Chemical/medicinal compounds that are derived from plant sources

Written by:
Dr. Nimeshika Jayachandran
Physician and Medical Journalist



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