10 Types Of Dates: Varieties And Their Benefits (With Pictures)
Due to their incredible health benefits, nutritional value, and sweet caramel-like taste, dates have recently gained popularity, especially in the world of healthy eating.
Dates come in many different shapes, sizes, and flavors with over 200 varieties!
With hundreds of varieties of dates, choosing which date to try may seem overwhelming. We’ve broken down 10 date types by flavor, nutritional value, popular uses and more! Keep reading to become a connoisseur of all things date related!
01: Medjool Dates
Medjool Dates, also called the "King of Dates" are among the world's most popular varieties due to their dense nutritional content and incredibly sweet flavor. Because of this, they are often more widely available than other date varieties.
Medjool dates are known for their large size (about three inches long), and soft texture. When they become ripe, their color turns from amber to reddish-brown. Sweet with a caramel-like taste, moist and fibrous, these dates are perfect for eating fresh!
If you want to see for yourself what the Medjool dates hype is all about, Bohemian Dates are a great place to start! Our dates are all natural and free of GMOs and other additives, gluten free, free of fat & cholesterol, high in fiber and individually packed and filled with food grade nitrogen to naturally preserve long lasting freshness!
Medjool Dates Nutritional Value:
Medjool dates are packed with vitamins and nutrients, including Vitamin B5, B6, copper, potassium magnesium, iron and calcium. Learn more about the incredible benefits of medjool dates here
02: Halawi Dates
Also spelled as "Halaway or Halawy" - Halawi literally means sweet in Arabic. Halawi Dates are native to Hella, a city found in Iraq, however our Jordanian grown version of the date is characterized by it's honey-like color and sweet, buttery taste.
They are a small fruit with golden-brown skin that is tender and delicate. They are a semi-dry variety of date due to how they ripen midway through the harvesting season. Whether it's best in taste or best value for consumers' pockets, Halawi dates are sure to impress.
Halawi Dates Nutritional Value:
Halawi dates are a rich source of dietary fiber. They contain iron, potassium, flavonoids, antioxidants and amino acids.
03: Kala Dates
Kala dates are a very unique and rare date, that can only grow 330 meters (or lower!) below sea level. Growing this date variety requires an extremely oxygen-rich climate, which is exclusive only to the Dead Sea region. Being one of a kind in the whole world, Kala dates are in high-demand & will be available for purchase at Bohemian Dates by fall 2021
Kala dates have a distinctive combined flavor of caramel, coffee bean, and a dark chocolate after taste. To really get its full flavor, chew this type of date a little longer, and from cheek to cheek before swallowing it. Consumer's have described Kala Dates to have a dark chocolate aftertaste. This unique flavor is 100% natural and only found within the Jordanian Date Palm farming region.
Kala dates + black coffee = the best mornings!
Kala Dates Nutritional Value:
In addition to Kala date’s incredible taste, they also have amazing nutritional value. Kala dates are high in iron and fiber content. Surprisingly, they can be an excellent solution to intestinal troubles due to the high tannin content. Moreover, Kala dates are used in syrups and paste, helping in common medical conditions like sore throats, cold, and fever. If you're looking to get your hands on some Kala Dates definitely try out AbuAyyash Farm's Kala Dates. They are truly one of a kind and delicious.
04: Deglet Noor Dates
The name Delget Noor means "The Date of Light" because the date's center looks golden when held up to the sun. They are also called "Queen of all dates." They are semi-dry ate known for their true date flavor.
Deglet Noor dates are medium to large in size, firm and their color turns from amber to deep brown when they ripen. They are not too sweet and have a cashew-like flavor. This nutty flavor distinguishes them from other types of date fruits.
These dates are widely used to make date sugar and pastes, making them quite popular among chefs and bakers.
Deglet Noor Dates Nutritional Value:
Deglet dates are high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. Each date contains around 20 calories. They contain equal amounts of glucose, fructose, and sucrose, giving you a quick boost of energy.
05: Ajwa Dates
Ajwa dates are dark brown, almost black, and are known for their softness. They have a chewy texture with hints of caramel and cinnamon.
Ajwa dates are highly sought-after by Muslims and Date Enthusiasts around the world because of it's religious significance and outstanding health benefits. They are a small, dry type of date, quite high priced, and are exclusively grown in Al Medina, KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).
Ajwa Dates Nutritional Value:
Ajwa dates are packed with Vitamins A, C, B6, E, and K. They have protein, dietary fiber, and healthy fats. They are rich in potassium and hence good for heart health and contain around 20 calories each.
06: Khadrawy Dates
Khadrawy dates are medium to large-sized oblong dates. They are not overly rich, soft dates, and their color changes from orange-brown to light-brown as they ripen. They are one of the gooiest types of dates that melt in your mouth.
However, Khadrawy dates don't always remain fresh due to high moisture content, so they need to be eaten as soon as they are picked.
Khadrawy Dates Nutritional Value:
These dates are a good source of fiber, iron, potassium, protein, and folic acid. They contain 50% more potassium than bananas and have equal amounts of glucose and fructose. They contain around 113 calories per 40 grams.
07: Sukkari Dates
The name Sukkari comes from "Sukkur," which means sugar in Arabic. Sukkari dates are referred to as "The Golden Dates" and are quite big in size and golden in color.
They are extremely soft, yet slightly crisp. These extremely high-quality dates are nutritious and sweet partly because how they're harvested slightly before they are ripe. They can be eaten fresh and in dried form. If you like hard dates, then you can have them in dried form.
Sukkari Dates Nutritional Value:
Sukkari dates are high in iron content and rich in vitamins and minerals, which have been known to prevent tooth decay! (Your sweet tooth will be thanking you!)
Each Sukkari date contains 23 calories. They can help curb your anemia and keep your cholesterol levels in balance.
08: Barhi Dates
The name Barhi is derived from Arabic, meaning "A Hot Wind." This is a unique type of date that can be eaten both unripe and fully ripened. They are small to medium-sized, fragile soft types of dates that turn from amber to golden brown. They have a syrupy flavor that can be wonderfully paired with other fruits and added to desserts.
Their butterscotch flavor is used as a natural sweetener in pastes and can be incorporated into muffins, cookies, cakes, etc.
Barhi dates are considered a rare delicacy and have a smooth, creamy texture. They are not commercially cultivated on a large scale because their season is short, and they have a very small shelf-life.
Barhi Dates Nutritional Value:
They are an excellent source of fiber and rich in potassium. They also have a significant amount of copper and magnesium and lower amounts of iron, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.
09: Zahidi Dates
Zahidi dates are semi-dry, medium-sizes, dry and oval shaped. They are amber-colored, and they are unique because of their low sugar content. They are mildly sweet and have a nutty and buttery flavor. Because of their pale brown color and buttery taste, they are also known as "The Butter Date."
For recipes that call for date pieces, Zahidi dates are a perfect option. Being a semi-soft date, they maintain their structure in cakes and cookies.
Zahidi Dates have a very large pit in the center so be careful as you take a bite!
Zahidi Dates Nutritional Value:
Zahidi dates are rich in potassium, iron, flavonoids, antioxidants. They also contain almost all 20 amino acids. A single date contains around 20 calories.
10: Thoory Dates
Thoory dates are medium to large-sized oblong-shaped, dry dates. Their golden brown color is due to their slower ripening time.
These dry dates are called "Bread Dates" because of their firm texture suitable for baking. They have golden-brown flesh and a sweet, nutty flavor. Since they are not moist and sticky, they are perfect for snacking.
Pro tip: Chop up Thoory Dates and throw them into a granola recipe or trail mix!
Thoory Dates Nutritional Value:
Thoory dates contain significant amounts of copper, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B5. They can be good for intestinal health, and have been known to help with anemia.
Pitted Dates Vs. Not Pitted Dates
Pitted dates, also commonly known as seedless dates, are great for munching as snacks. The seeds are removed through either hand, knife, or machines in factories where the dates are packed.
Non-pitted dates, also called ‘Whole dates,’ have a seed in the center. Bohemian Dates products all contain a pit.
Seeds are to be removed from the non-pitted dates before eating them. The major reason why the majority of people prefer pitted dates over un-pitted dates. However, the process of removing the seeds adds to the dates’ cost, and pitted dates are generally more expensive.
Help Your Taste Buds
With so many varieties of dates available, you can surely fulfill your sweet cravings. We recommend trying out all the categories and types of dates before choosing the winner for your taste buds. Everyone has their own likings, and you can never be sure which one might be perfect for you before trying them out.
Are you still confused about which one to try out first?
Medjool dates are the best date to start from. A sweet and rich flavor with a soft texture can completely fulfill your cravings. Apart from the flavor, the date is rich in nutrients, so you are doing yourself a favor.
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