The (Barhi) date is a stone fruit that grows in clusters on special date palms. The palms can grow up to 25 meters high and last up to 150 years old. The Barhi date grows mainly in Africa and Asia and gets its name (Barhi) from the hot, Arabian wind.
Dates are rich in vitamins and are a source of energy. People are often familiar with the dried date which has a sweet taste. The fresh form, Barhi, also has a sweet taste but with a slightly bitter skin.
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It is best to keep the Barhi dates chilled in the refrigerator. You can keep the dates for a few days, but they will start to saccharify and dry out after a while. Do not throw them away immediately, because even then they are still delicious to eat.
Fresh Barhi dates are great for breakfast, desserts or as a snack between meals. You can also stuff them with nuts and incorporate them into pastries.
Did you know that it is an Arab tradition to dip a fresh date in boiling black tea as a sweetener? The juice of fresh dates can also be used in cooking as a substitute for butter and sugar.
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