The edible fruit of a type of palm, dates have been an essential part of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern life for centuries. They are highly nutritious and many people enjoy them simply for their delicious taste. Some people however, find the texture of fresh or dried dates somewhat off-putting and therefore prefer to enjoy the taste by drinking date juice. Date juice concentrate is a convenient way of keeping a ready supply of date juice available. It can also be used in cooking and baking both for its own taste and as a substitute for white sugar.
Many people enjoy dates for their delicious flavor even though they have numerous benefits beyond that. The fruits have been an essential diet across the Middle East for centuries. Indeed, the sticky fruit is a popular delicacy in many Arab countries and never misses the dinner table during the holy month of Ramadan. The fruits come from the date palm, a species of palm trees commonly found in the Mediterranean region. Dates can be enjoyed in many ways whether fresh or dry. They are exceptionally sweet and rarely lose their flavor when dried, which is the best preservation method. They have been used as part of different foods, including the date juice concentrate and some delicious cakes and cookies.
Date juice concentrate is sweet-tasting syrup derived from the date fruit. Their sugars offer a better natural alternative to other types of sweeteners. It is one of the best ways of ensuring that you have a constant supply of dates since it is self-preserving. A great combination of nutritional benefits makes it one of the best substitutes for white sugar, for instance. The food processing industry is becoming increasingly reliant on the juice concentrate as a taste enhancer. It is used in different foods including ice cream, jams, jellies, and soft drinks. The juice can also be added to desserts, tea, and coffee. At Siroperie Meurens our allergen-free concentrates can also be used in baby food.
Dates carry more calories than many of the conventional foods combined. They have a high concentration of natural sugars (glucose and fructose) while the rest, (15-30%) is mostly water. It makes them a good diet for exercise regimes and highly active people. Date juice concentrate is also rich in protein and fiber. The fruit is a great source of helpful minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Magnesium helps to fight the growth of cancerous cells in the body. Iron is a critical element in blood formation, and especially the red blood cells, which aid in oxygen circulation. The best extraction method should leave a large number of these minerals untouched.
The fruits are rich in antioxidants, which help the body to fight the ageing process and the growth of free radicals. Date juice concentrate contains helpful minerals that nourish the skin and promote healthy hair growth. During natural childbirth, the hormone oxytocin eases the process by stimulating contractions in the uterus. Dates promote the formation of the hormone. The presence of dietary fibers makes it a good remedy for constipation aside from controlling bad cholesterol. In other fruits, juice extraction mainly happens by pressing, but dates present an exception because of a high concentration of soluble solids. At Siroperie Meurens, our date juice concentrate is obtained by dissolving the solids and filtering the non-soluble parts.