In the Middle East, dates have been a staple for centuries. There is evidence to show that ancient Mesopotamians cultivated the fruit and that its origins lie in or around the Persian Gulf. Today, dates are used in such Middle Eastern dishes such as stuffed dates, date nut bread, ma'amoul, and haysa al-tumreya, a popular dip for dates.
If you plan on using dates, or if you're simply looking to learn a little more about them, check out my guide to dates. Read more about where they originate from and how to properly store and use them. Also, check out some of favorite recipes that use dates below and discover some new favorites of your own!