It’s the season to go crazy over dates! They’re everywhere. But they look specially spectacular when they’re still hanging off a branch. I’m told that it’s illegal to just go and pick dates. So a lot of them just ripen on the branch, get eaten by birds, or eventually fall on the ground and get squished.
The pictures that I’ve posted were taken just behind my office building, where a man-made pond or pool (water evaporated completely, so there’s just a layer of salt) is lined by dozens of date palm trees. I went out with my precious Nikon and as I removed the lens cap, I saw the moisture rapidly condense over the lens, and I gasped! It was that humid! My poor Nikon.
If you find yourself in a dry and humid place one day and find it extremely necessary to take pictures, put your camera and lens into a plastic bag. The idea is that when you go outside, the condensation forms on the bag, not on the contents. You would then have to wait until the temperature equalizes before you take the camera out.
And now, back to the dates.
A 100 gram portion of fresh dates is a premium source of vitamin C. Each date provides about 20 calories, and is a good source of carbohydrate, fiber, and potassium, also providing some calcium and iron along with other vitamins and minerals. Hence, after looking around and making sure no one was watching, we plucked a couple of dates off a branch and munched on them. Yum!
I think I might even bake a date and honey cake again sometime soon.
Oh, and I’ve also read that dates can be eaten with whole milk for relief against stomach ulcers. You’ll need to soak the dates in the milk for sometime and peel them before eating.
More info about the medicinal properties of dates here.