Medjool dates are actually fresh fruit!!!! They are harvested from the date palm, cleaned, sorted and packaged right away, with their pits intact to preserve freshness. There’s no processing and they’re never physically or chemically dried, which is why you find them in the produce section if your nearest grocery store. Medjool dates are also an excellent source of phytonutrients, plant compounds that may have health benefits. Studies have shown they can stimulate the immune system, reduce inflammation, prevent DNA damage, and improve hormone regulation.
Tracing back to the Middle East and North Africa, the dates were once only reserved for royalty, and the palms on which the fruit grew were used by kings as a symbol of victory. The date palm was both a decadent fruit and a source of life in the desert: providing shelter and being used as material for making household items such as mattresses and rope.