Revitalive’s Pick of the Week: Dates

Organic Medjool Dates

If you were to think of one ingredient common to most desserts, sugar would probably be the first ingredient to come to mind, and for good reason. Desserts are sweet, and that’s a big part of why they are such a wonderful treat! But sweetness does not have to come from refined sugars. At Revitalive Café, we sweeten our desserts with a very special type of fruit that provides more than just sweetness: organic Medjool dates.

By using the whole fruit, our desserts get much more benefit from the dates than just their natural sugar content, which supplies the body with energy. In particular, dates are high in fiber, which can prevent a spike in blood sugar, not to mention help improve digestion. Dates are also high in protein, iron, potassium, and quite the variety of other vitamins and minerals. In other words, our desserts – including our mouth-watering brownies with their date sauce spread on top beneath the chocolate sauce – are actually good for you!

Dates grow in clusters on the date palm, an ancient type of tree first cultivated in North Africa, the Middle East, and South West Asia. They have been used not only for the fruit they bear, but also to provide shade and to provide materials for buildings as well as baskets and mats. The date palm, or Phoenix dactylifera (a pretty awesome Latin name, meaning date-bearing phoenix) has been greatly respected throughout history in many cultures. Muslims consider the date palm to be sacred. The ancient Hebrews called the date palm the “tree of life.” The Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol for a year is the date palm. The ancient Greeks based their design of ionic columns on the shape of the date palm. This list goes on…

Many of our desserts use dates, mixed with other great ingredients like almonds, cacao, and coconut. So next time you’re feeling guilty about craving dessert, think again, and come pick out a treat at Revitalive made with the fruit that so many ancient cultures revered and that modern nutrition thinks pretty highly of too!
raw vegan desserts
References:
The Date People: http://www.datepeople.net/date-palm-data
SF Gate: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/nutrition-medjool-dates-5371.html
SF Gate: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Seed-of-extinct-date-palm-sprouts-after-2-000-2628668.php
Photo: http://www.produceclerks.com/2013/04/medjool-dates-fresh.html