Date production in the world is only confined to a small number of countries, most of them being the Arab countries. And so when my dad returned home for a short 2 week vacation, he bought us a familiar pasalubong fresh from the Middle East Region - Dates.
|Dates of Tunisia|
The date palm is believed to have originated in the lands around the Persian Gulf and in ancient times was especially abundant between the Nile and Euphrates rivers. A few trees around Bohol here in the Philippines are said to bear an abundance of fruits of good quality.
Dry or soft dates are eaten out-of-hand, or may be seeded and stuffed, or chopped and used in a great variety of ways: on cereal, in pudding, bread, cakes, cookies, ice cream, or candy bars. The fruit, because of its tannin content, is used medicinally as a detersive and astringent in intestinal troubles. In the form of an infusion, decoction, sirup or paste, is administered as a treatment for sore throat, colds, bronchial catarrh. It is taken to relieve fever, cystisis, gonorrhea, edema, liver and abdominal troubles. And it is said to counteract alcohol intoxication.