Traditionally, those celebrating Ramadan eat dates each night to break their fast. Enjoy these fruits in one of the many delicious ways outlined here.
Step 1: Take the traditional route Make traditional Middle Eastern mamoul cookies by rolling out 1-inch balls of pastry, dropping a teaspoon of prepared date filling in the center, gathering the edges toward the top, and pressing the pastry shut. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes and enjoy.
TIP: Use fresh dates when available for optimal nutrition and taste.
Step 2: Satisfy chocolate cravings Combine chopped dates with semi-sweet chocolate morsels, butter or margarine, sugar, eggs, and flour to create a delightful chocolate date cake. Bake in a 425-degree oven for 15 minutes, or until edges set and center is still moist.
Step 3: Hide the dates Prepare a gourmet date treat. Steam and then puree dates in a food processor along with roasted almonds. Add cinnamon, honey, orange blossom water, form the paste into balls and roll in coconut before serving.
Step 4: Bump up the protein Boost your protein intake by mixing dates in with cooked chicken, lentils, and sauteed vegetables. Serve over rice for a satisfying meal.
FACT: Ramadan is an important holiday for Muslims, who often travel to visit family at this time. In September 2010, international air travel spiked 10.5 percent, partially due to Ramadan, which ended September 9.