Date paste is made from fresh dates that have been ground into a paste. It contains natural sugars mainly in the form of fructose and glucose, thus making it a natural sweetener that can be a healthy alternative to regular table sugar in baking and cooking. It is rich in dietary fiber and protein, and it also contains a significant amount of iron and calcium. It is an ideal food for daily consumption.
When shopping for date paste, look for a single ingredient product made without any added sugars or preservatives. Make sure the manufacturer uses only fresh, ripe dates. You should also be able to find out the variety of date used in their product.
We make DateME date paste from a single ingredient: dates! DateME is located in the United States, and we import our date paste from Saudi Arabia, where it is made from select dates with absolutely no additives or preservatives. Our date paste comes in vacuum sealed packs of 1 kg each, which maintains freshness and softness even at room temperature.
We make our date paste exclusively from fresh, ripe Ruzaiz and Khalas dates that we harvest from date farms that are local to the manufacturing facility. Ruzaiz dates are well known for their soft texture and distinct flavor similar to brown sugar; this flavor is ideal for baking. Khalas dates are famous for their rich sweetness.
Most date paste manufacturers make their product from unsold whole dates or expired dates that are not fit for retail sales. We never do that, ensuring the premium quality of our product.
Crystallization of date paste is often a misunderstood phenomenon. Frequently, the consuming public mistakenly associates crystallized date paste (coarse and grainy in texture) with table sugar and assumes that it is unnatural, adulterated, stored badly, or simply a poor quality date paste. Some even assume that if date paste has crystallized, it is spoiled and should be discarded.
The truth is that crystallization is a natural and uncontrolled process. Similar to honey, date paste contains more than 70% sugars and less than 20% water, meaning it is a naturally unstable super-saturated sugary paste. Therefore, over time, almost all pure date paste will crystallize. During crystallization, glucose sugar, which is white in color, separates from water and becomes a crystal, while fructose remains as a liquid. That is why crystallized date paste becomes grainy and sets at a lighter color.
Crуѕtаllіzаtіоn has no effect on thе quаlіtу оf the date paste. Іt оnlу аffесtѕ ѕоmе ехtеrnаl fеаturеѕ such as соlоr аnd tехturе. It іѕ а nаturаl рrосеѕѕ аnd аn аttrіbutе оf рurе nаturаl date paste. Іf date paste dоеѕ nоt сrуѕtаllіzе over а period of tіmе, thаt оftеn іndісаtes that the date paste has been diluted or has had preservatives and other components, such as oil, added.
To return date paste to its smooth, nongrainy state, simply add a small amount of water to the date paste and place it over a warm water bath of about 40ºC. Leave it on the water bath for about 15 minutes or until the granules have dissolved. It is recommended to store date paste at room temperature in an air-tight container. Refrigeration is also an option but is not required, particularly if a pack is unopened.