The Holy month of Ramadan is here, and our dear Muslim friends are celebrating it with their family and friends. Ever wonder why do they consume dates during this month? Let’s learn more about the reasons why and also the type of dates they consume.
Consumed During Ramadan
Dates are consumed during morning meals (sahur) and when breaking fast (iftar). Dates are consumed during this month as they are rich in sugar and vitamins such as potassium and magnesium.
Apart from that, they are also high in fibre and packed with carbohydrates. Eating dates during sahur can keep one energised for several hours. Apart from that, the body can experience mild health conditions such as low blood sugar and headaches when fasting.
Thus, these vitamins in dates can help relieve these conditions and provide energy. Apart from its health benefits, breaking the fast with dates is customary among Muslims. These is one of the religious teaching of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Thus, adopting the habits and practices (Sunnah) of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is considered praiseworthy and blessed.
Types of Dates
Dating back to the early years, dates have been popular among Arabs and the early Muslims. This then influenced Moroccans, where dates were cultivated for years. Today, there are many varieties of dates, each having unique textures and appearances. But, most importantly, they are delicious.
These dates are syrupy, rich and soft. In fact, they are the softest and most fragile type of date. This small to medium sized date has firm flesh and can be distinguished by its amber to golden brown skin.
Dayri dates are sweet and soft. Different from the Bahri date, these dates are much larger in size, between medium and large. It has a soft flesh and the skin colour of these dates’ changes from red to brown to black as they ripen.
Deglet Noor Dates
This type of dates has a sweet and delicate flavour. Even though it is a semi-dry date, they are known to have an authentic date flavour. Similar to the Dayri dates, they are medium to large sized. Also known as the ‘date of the light’, the skin of these dates turns from amber to deep brown as they ripen.
Like honey? These dates are the ones for you. Hawaly dates are sweet, and honey flavoured. They are sized between small and medium, similar to the Bahri dates, with a soft and tender flesh and the skin is a bright golden brown.
These dates are soft and sweet but not overpowering. Sized between medium to large with firm flesh, these dates are considered the best in terms of its flavour and texture. Recognised by its orange-brown to light brown skin, the Khadrawy dates are best eaten fresh.
Don’t forget to share this with your friends and family and also, wish our Muslim friends Ramadan greetings as they celebrate the Holy month of Ramadan.