We get to see and sample many food products from different places at the India International Trade Fair and we make the most of it. A local foodist otherwise, I go and inquire almost every pavilion that sells food in that huge place. This Datteri dates was discovered at Iran pavilion, the salesman offered a date to taste and i was hooked. It is the season of harvest he informed and that is why we were getting these fresh luscious dates at the fair. Fresh they really were, almost like a jelly inside and sweetness that only a date can provide. The pictures are no good as my camera doesn't seem to be clicking any dark objects nicely. These dates were dark, soft and with a tout skin.
The salesman at the counter told me a recipe to good health seeing my excitement, 2 dates soaked overnight in a glass of boiled milk and blended in the morning to make a shake. We make a dates milk with dried dates , boiling the milk with dried dates for a while and then having it like a desert but I tried this recipe anyways.
The skin of the dates settles down in the pitcher , and feels like parchment when sipped. You can discard the sedimented skin bits , i don't mind chewing on them in the last. Good fiber with some antioxidant packed pigments for sure.
Some cooked oats in this milk will make a nice smoothie for breakfast. I would love some almonds soaked into it if it becomes a lone breakfast in a glass. I seldom like breakfast smoothies but as a day time snack they are most welcome.
How do you like your dates? Or smoothies for that matter....please do not tell me about the green monsters ....I would rather make a thick creamy soup for breakfast.