The all time favorite national dish of Malaysia is the Date. It is a very rich and creamy soup with a very sweet and aromatic flavor. A Date fruit can be eaten raw or prepared and cooked into a dessert like ice-cream. Many people use the fruit for various things like ketchup, ice-creams, sauces, juices and desserts. Date is very nutritious and provides vitamins A, B, C and E.
The best time to eat a Date is within thirty minutes after the berries have been plucked. The skin is still soft and sweet. You must not try to eat the flesh of a Date as it will contain much bitterness. Try eating it with a piece of bread. Use the Date syrup to add some sweetness. Add a little ice to your coffee and enjoy it while you sip it.
There are several varieties of Date palms in Malaysia but the common types are Berhmin, Futur, Pinang, Yala and Singar. The quality and taste of each variety vary from one tree to another. You can pick a fruit that is in season and fits your taste.
The best way to store dates is in an air-tight container so that it lasts for many months. Drying dates completely removes the natural flavors. Once stored, put them in a cool dry place away from sunlight and avoid drying on a countertop. Store your dates in a refrigerator if they are not used immediately.
When buying dates, be sure to check the package to see what the expiration date is. Most local markets in Malaysia sell dates of up to a year and a half. If you are not able to find a date of at least one-year-old, do not buy it. Dates kept in this long term will lose their flavor and texture.
To prolong the shelf life of your dates, add water to the bottle before consuming. Do not add too much water or you will notice a distinct taste change as the dates lose their flavor. If you want to enjoy your dates even longer, try adding a little honey after they have been eaten to bring out the natural sweetness of the fruit.
After using a date, do not throw it away as dates are great for baking. Use them to make all sorts of desserts such as ice cream and cakes. They also make an excellent alternative to sugar when cooking. Make a delicious dessert by taking fresh dates and whipping them with your hands. Place the liquid in your blender then blend until smooth and creamy.
Try using your dates to replace other fruits in any recipe. For example instead of using fruit juice to sweeten the recipe use dates. Date syrup is a great substitute for agave nectar. Make a dessert by taking pureed dates and lightly beating them until they become slightly liquefied. This is a great way to add a subtle date flavor to any recipe.
You can eat your dates in many different ways. One of the most popular ways to enjoy eating them is to take them on a picnic or camping trip. Pack some dates and store them in a cool shady location. Just remember to keep them cool and at room temperature to prevent spoilage.
In the summer months enjoy your dates by snacking on them or eating them raw. They are great for snacks in the summer because they are so rich in flavor. If you are looking to enjoy your fruit without any added sugar or chemicals, then grab a handful of dates and eat them right off of your palm.
In addition to snacking, these dates can also be used in a number of different recipes. One great recipe is to use them to create a homemade version of ice cream. All you need is about two cups of dates along with one cup of sweetened water. Blend the dates, add the water and let it sit for about five minutes. When it is ready, simply pour it into a bowl and use your blender to make your own ice cream!
Another great way to enjoy eating your dates is to create a delicious dessert. The texture of the dates will give you the ability to create some of the tastiest desserts you have ever tasted. You can easily create a number of different kinds of dates dessert recipes. Some of my favorites include lemon dates, fig dates and dried fruits. If you want to try something different, then why not create an African food cake? That’s right, if you have an African meal, then why not add dates to the mix and bake it yourself!