Black Dates

Black dates are oval-cylindrical fruits that are typically 3-7 cm long and 2-3 cm in diameter. When unripe, they range in color from bright red to bright yellow, depending on the variety. Dates have a single seed that is about 2-2.5 cm long and 6-8 mm thick. They are known for their high tannin content and are used medicinally as a detersive and astringent for intestinal problems.

Dates can be consumed as an infusion, decoction, syrup, or paste, and are believed to help with sore throat, colds, bronchial catarrh, fever, and other complaints. Black dates are high in carbohydrates (total sugars, 44-88%), fat (0.2-0.5%), 15 salts and minerals, protein (2.3-5.6%), vitamins, and dietary fiber (6.4-11.5%).

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