Dates are popular this time of the year, during the fasting month. There are different types in the market, some are rather hard and dry, others big and moist. Dates have a high source of iron.
Before the war, Iraq used to be the world's biggest producer of dates but these days, they don't even have enough for themselves let alone export them. Shortage of water is partly to be blamed for the low production as their rivers are drying up making the land unproductive.
I have eaten fried bananas, yams, sweet potatoes, tempura, even fried ice cream but reading about fried dates took me by surprise. Dates that are hard and dry taste better in fried form as they become softer and moist. Have you eaten fried dates? Here is a recipe from The Star if you'd like to try it.
10 dates, seeded
Half cup flour
A pinch of salt
Half cup water
Oil for shallow frying
Make a batter with the flour, egg, salt and water, ensuring the consistency is not too thick.
Heat up the oil.
Dip the dates into the batter and fry.
Drain and serve.
Source: The Star