Nicknamed the queen of all dates, this North African date variety conjures up images of royalty and heaven. Their name translates from their native Arabic into “heavenly date” and “date-palm of light,” and they’re likely what you’ve tasted if you’ve had dates in the US.
A bit smaller in size, lighter in color, and more delicate in flavor than their medjool counterparts, deglets were brought to the US from Algeria in the 1900s and make up a large share of California’s date crop. Because they’re drier and less sweet than other date varieties, they’re often chopped up for use in recipes, but are also super snackable on their own!
These finger-like fruits might be a little tough on the outside, but they’re still wholesome where it counts! Deglet noor dates get their sweetness from their natural sugars, making them a great midday energy pick-me up.
These nutritional components support total body health. Not to mention, dates score high in antioxidant activity, which works hand in hand with fiber in protecting your body from the wear and tear of everyday life.
When you use deglets in your cooking, you’re not just taking out plain ole sugar. You’re adding fiber, essential micronutrients, antioxidants, and are lowering the glycemic load of your dish!
No matter your date-ing style, know that both your body and the planet thank you.