Dates, Pitted (Organic)
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Each date is about 60 to 70 percent sugar and has a high amount of fiber, depending on the variety, which makes it ideal as a healthy energy booster. Great sugar alternative.
Dates come from date palms.
Why we only stock organic dates:
Many non-organic, commercial sellers will subject the dates to a lengthy process in order to keep the date plump looking, and preserve the date for the shelf life it must endure in the grocery stores and during transportation (note that a fresh picked date will last for weeks without treatment). These treatments often includes (after picking) dehydrating, freezing, and often steaming (blanched) just before shipping. This keeps them from looking shriveled. Also, dates that are too dry (left on the palm too long) will be re-hydrated (with steam). Dates will also be glazed. Glazing is a short high temperature treatment often at the end of hydration. This makes the wax on the date surface melt and when cooling takes place the glossy sheen of the date is reset. To add to that, there is also polishing, sterilization, pressing, cooling, grading… Not only to mention the pesticides used while growing them. These dates have a disputable amount of little nutrition or healing aspects left in them. The treatment processes are intended for enzyme and microbial inactivation (pasteurization). As they are rendered “dead” (destruction of vitamins, minerals, denatured proteins, and rendered to a useless lump of sugar), it’s best not to eat them.
Organic dates don't go through a lot of this processing and therefore still retain their life force in them! The taste is very different too!