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Dates
The date is one of the most nourishing fruits. It is a food of great importance and called the bread of the Sahara, but is now universal. Dates can be eaten both fresh and dry fruit. The date is a cylindrical fruit ranging in color from yellow to reddish brown. It's flesh surrounds a single seed that contains 60 to 70 per cent sugar. The seeds of the fruit, roasted and ground into a powder that makes a beverage called 'date coffee'. Tree-ripe dates are delicious fruit. However, dates ferment very rapidly. Therefore, they are dried in the sun.

Dates are valuable as medicine for their tonic effect. Being easily digested, they are very useful for supplying energy and repairing waste. Milk in which clean and fresh dates have been boiled is a very nourishing and restorative drink to children and adults alike, especially during convalescence.

The nicotinic content in dates is an excellent remedy for intestinal disturbances. Liberal use of dates keeps in check the growth of pathological organisms and helps to establish a colony of friendly bacteria in the intestines.

One date contains:

23 calories
.2 grams of protein
.7 grams of fiber
Potassium - 54 mg
Phosphorus - 5 mg
Magnesium - 4 mg
Calcium - 3 mg
Sodium - 0 mg
Iron - .08 mg
The date is a laxative food. It is highly beneficial in the treatment of constipation as the roughage provided by it stimulates sluggish bowels. They should be immersed in water at night and taken after making them into a fine syrup the next morning to secure laxative effect.

With only 24 calories per date, dates are high in dietary fiber, low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and contain three times the potassium that bananas have. Very few other fruits offer this healthful combination. Dates have the highest concentration of polyphenols among dried fruits.