Frequently Asked Questions - Nutrition

Why the Medjool Date?

The Medjool date is undeniably a most incredible fruit. It has a delicious taste, amazing nutritional value and astoundingly useful properties. Dates have been a food and healing source for thousands of years. It is somewhat difficult to imagine that the earliest date palm finds were from the Old Stone-Age period, found in Kharga Oasis ‘western desert’. More recently a 2000 year old Phoenix Dactylifera L. seed was unearthed at King Herod’s fortress palace in Israel. It was planted in January 2005 and has been nick-named “Methuselah” because of its extraordinary age. I guess you could call it a living antiquity.

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Where did the Medjool Date come from and are they healthy?

As a grower of Certified Organic Medjool dates, our date orchards contain 6 of the original plantings brought to Bard Valley in the 1900s. These are part of the group of trees that were sent over by a Moroccan Sheik to save them from extinction due to disease. This amazing tree family, which is cherished by Christians, Jews, and Muslims, the Phoenix Dactylifera L., has been providing sustenance, healing properties, religious symbolism and financial equity for thousands of years. We consider it an honor to grow Medjool dates. Our goal is to strive for excellence in our products so that you, our wonderful customers, can enjoy the nutrition and health benefits derived from eating our Medjool dates.

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What's in a Medjool Date?

Nutrition and the healing properties of the Phoenix Dactylifera L. have been noted in folk lore and at this present time research has deemed that the date may be considered as an almost ideal food. It is also being considered as a good world food source because of it high nutritional value. Nutritional properties of a single Medjool date are remarkable to say the least. The list of vitamins contain Vitamin A, Retinol Activity Equivalent, Beta Carotene, Lutein + Zeaxanthin, Vitamin K, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, food Folate, Folic acid, dietary Folate equivalents, Pantothenic Acid, Choline, and Betaine. I know that list was impressive but there is still more. Medjool dates contain a bountiful amount of Minerals; they include Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, and Manganese. Were that all that the Medjool date contained, it would be considered a wonderful food.

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I've heard that Dates contain Protein and other healthy things. Is that true?

Dates do contain Protein and Amino Acids. Here are a few of the known 23 Amino Acids, Tryptophan, Threonine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Cystine, Phenylalanine, Tyrosine, Valine, arginine, Histidine, Alanine, Aspartic acid, Glutamic acid, Glycine, Proline, and Serine. Now add to those entire nutrient lists zero Saturated fats and zero Trans fat, zero Cholesterol and extremely low Sodium content.

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Is it true that Dates give you energy?

The energy that is derived from this date is from the large amounts of Invert Sugars that the Medjool date contains. Invert sugars make up about 70-78% of the sugar content. It is easily absorbed and assimilated in the body and provides the body with energy within minutes after eating it. In all actuality 1 mg of dates gives the body the energy equal to 3470 calories which is an amount larger than the adult man’s required daily amount. The fiber content of a one date is 2 g. The recommended fiber intake is 25g per day.

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Nutritional Chart

Nutritional Information for Medjool Dates with a serving size of approx. 4 Average Size Dates

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