Dates are probably one of the most underrated fruits around. Once prized by nations for its sweetness and nutritious pulp, it’s fallen to the wayside to make room for trendy super foods.
But it could be said that dates were the original super food, having been cultivated for some 5,000 years. They are nutrition-rich, with an abundance of iron, calcium, Vitamins A and C and are said to slow the development of heart disease and cancer. Yet they seem to be rarely acknowledged in the UK beyond being the perfect way to break a fast or as a moist-maker in cakes and puddings.
To learn more about dates, I travelled to Kebili in Southern Tunisia.