The berry kind of a fruit originally belongs to the land around Iraq. This tree and its fruit has been in existence for over 50 million years now. It has been a staple food of Indus Valley and Middle East for many thousands of years. As on date, the production of dates is done in countries such as Egypt, Iran and Saudi Arabia on a very large scale. The other producers include UAE, India, Pakistan, Algeria, Sudan and Oman etc. It is cultivated in well drained deep sandy loam soil and in dry season. In India, dates are grown in Rajasthan, Gujarat and few south Indian states. The various kinds of khajur produced in India are Khalas, barhi, boma’an etc. In India, it is known by a number of local names such as ‘Perichampazham’ in Tamil, ‘Kharjuramu’ in Telugu, ‘Eenthapazham’ in Malayalam, ‘Khejoor’ in Bengali, ‘Kharjoora’ in Kannada, ‘Kharik’ in Marathi and ‘Khajur’ in Gujarati.
These thump shaped dates come with a huge number of health benefits. Apart from providing the essential dietary nutrients, these are a great source of potassium, fiber, protein and essential minerals such as copper, cobalt, manganese and magnesium.
Usage in Indian Kitchen
In Indian kitchen, dates play a very important role. You can add them to yummy rice dishes, a number of puddings and bakery items. It is often used as a substitute for honey in many places. Generally, when a Muslim breaks their fast during the evening meal of Ramadan, it is tradition to eat a date first. Boil it with milk and having it before sleeping will let you enjoy a sound sleep.
Health Benefits of Khajur
- It aids in treating constipation.
- Helps in improving the health of the heart and brain.
- It helps in gaining weight.
- Extremely beneficial for skin and hair.
- Support pregnancy.