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Different types of dates

Many consider dates as a superfood. Different kinds of dates contain different amounts of nutritious particles. It is suggested that you consume one handful of dates which is an approximate number of 100 grams (4-6 dates) on a daily basis.

We can categorize different date types based on their moisture into 3 categories: 

1. Dried: dried dates’ moisture percentage is under 14%.

2. Semi-dried: Semi-dried dates contain approximately 15%-16% moisture.

3. Fresh: Fresh dates contain more than 16% moisture.

Depending on the type of the date you request for, the conditions of preservation differs. Dried dates can be preserved in the room temperature for 24 months but fresh dates need to be preserved in the refrigerator. If kept in the refrigerator, semi-dried and fresh dates retain quality for 24 months. 

How to shop for dates

If you’ve never had a freshly harvested date, they are worth buying for their insanely sweet, caramel-like taste. Dates have differences in appearance from variety, but in general, you want to look for the kind of dates that are plump and shiny. Dates should not be squashed into one another and they must be distinguished from each other in the package. The date skin should have minimal rips and tears. You want to make sure you buy dates that aren’t overly dried but wrinkly dates are totally fine. Although, you can touch the dates to see if they are not too dry. Keep an open eye for white spots on dates which is a sign of aging. Aged dates with sugar are still edible but it is recommended that you do not buy dates that have already started the sugaring process. Depending on the type o date you are looking for, you can find a suitable website to order your dates from. Kouroshfoods offer the best types of Iranian dates in the market.

Different types of dates have the following health benefits: 

  1. They have a good impact on heart, muscles, and eye health.
  2. Reduces the chance of cardiovascular diseases. 
  3. It has a lot of antioxidants. Therefore, is a good factor in preventing different types of cancer.
  4. Great choice for enhancing brain function. 
  5. A suitable choice for people with digestive problems.

In this article I explain different kinds of dates and their specifications. Keep on reading to find all about iranian dates different types. 

Different types of date fruits are: 

  1. Sayer date 

3.5 ounces of this date which is approximately 100 gram has 277 Cal, 7 grams of fiber, 75 grams of carbs, 2 grams of protein. Dates are a significant source for minerals and vitamins such as Iron, Magnesium, Potassium etc.

Here you can find the average size of Sayer date in both pitted and unpitted type, (as date is an agricultural product, sizes can be different by each crop year)

SizePittedUn-pitted
Super selectLess than 75 per lb.Less than 70 per lb.
select75-85 per lb.70-75 per lb.
Grade B85-95 per lb.75-85 per lb.
GAQ110-115 per lb.100-115 per lb.
  1. Zahedi date

Zahedi dates can be categorized into two groups based on their color: 1. Light colored which is basically amber or creamy color 2. Dark colored which can be dark brown

Zahedi Date has high nutritional value. This date is rich of various types of nutritious elements and contains minerals and Vitamins including Potassium, Magnesium, Protein, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and …. 

100 grams of this dried date has about 300 Calories and is composed of about 73% Carbohydrates, 2.2% Protein, and 0.6% fat.

  1. Mazafati date

Mazafati date is famous in the world for its excellent taste and high quality. This type of date has a high nutritional value and is considered as a great healthy snack. Mazafati dates are high in Iron, Natural Sugar and a healthy snack for the body. This type of date is a great source of various nutrients of Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and etc.

Mazafati dates are categorized in different grades depending on their moisture and size, for example: (700-750 gr.)- (600-650 gr.)- (500-550 gr.), ….

Lots of factors such as the type of the date, the moisture percentage and its size and quality can effect on the mazafati dates price in iran. Different types of dry dates have different price values.

  1. Rabbi date

Rabbi date has a sweet taste and it is famous for its delicious and incredible taste. Rabbi date is one of most popular types of Iranian dates. Persian Rabbi date belongs to the semi-dried date category with 15%-16% moisture. This long date has dark brown or dark brown-red color and has a thin skin.

  1. Kabkab date

Kabkab is one of the most famous types of dates in Iran. The color of this fruit is light brown and burnt brown while it is Rutab, and eventually it turns into a dark brown fruit. Unripe and Kharak dates, unlike other dates, have a bitter taste. Oval fruit weighing about 15 grams with a light yellow semi-dry texture, and has a thick skin.

  1. Barhi date

They belong to the small and fragile date categories. This date has an amber and rather light brown skin color. It is considered the sweetest and creamiest types of dates.

  1. Piarom date

Piarom date is long and slender and it has oval dates with thin skin. It is considered as one of the best semi-dried dates in the world. Piarom dates are mostly grown in southern parts of Iran and the harvesting time is in October. It has less moisture (less than 15%) and more flesh compared to other types of dates.  

  1. Kaloote (Kalate) date

Kaloote or Kalate date is one of the most common date palm trees in Iran. This type of date is very popular in the neighboring countries of the Persian Gulf and in many European countries and is known as one of the most important export dates of Iran.

Different date types price

Dates price in iran generally depends on the type of date that your request for. Lots of factors such as the type of the date, the moisture percentage and its size and quality can effect on the dates’ price. Different types of dry dates have different price values. 

To sum it up

If you are starting a healthy lifestyle and you want to increase he energy level in your daily meals, Iranian dates can be the perfect choice for you.  dates are high in Iron, Natural Sugar and a healthy snack for the body. Persian date is a great source of various nutrients of Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and etc. Don’t miss out on this nutritious dried fruit and add it to your daily consumption list.

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