Often called the “Cadillac of dates,” the “King of dates,” the “Diamond of dates,” or the “Crown jewel of dates” for their enormous size, extraordinary sweetness and chewy texture, Medjoul are considered as one of the finest dates and the world’s oldest fruit.
The salty land in the valley of Jordan, resulting due to proximity to the dead sea, is a vital for the exclusive production of Medjoul dates, making the Jordan Valley the best producer of Medjoul despite a late introduction in the 1980s.
Archeological evidence from the Sumerian civilization show that these dates were grown in the area between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers before 3000 B.C and for centuries were served to royalty and dignitaries.
Low in fat, and sodium, they contain no cholesterol, and are high in fiber, antioxidants, potassium and magnesium. It is interesting to note that by weight, these contain more fiber than fiber-rich foods like oatmeal and oranges and more potassium than most other potassium rich foods like spinach and bananas.
They can be dressed in different forms- stuffed with walnuts and slivered almonds, dipped in white or milk chocolate, rolled in coconut or wrapped in bacon, or put in vanilla or banana/almond shake.