Do you fancy a date? (Edible fruit, not candle-lit suppers I hasten to add – that’s a whole other website.)
I’ve been happily stuffing my face with Palestinian fairtrade Medjoul dates. These juicy morsels bear no relation to the syrup-soaked squishy cellophane-wrapped supermarket offerings. And wonder of all wonders, my autopsy inspections have (so far) discovered not a single bug lurking inside these fat beauties.
Medjoul or Mejool dates are large, moist, naturally sweet dates around two and a half times bigger than your common or garden date. Apparently these dates were once reserved for royalty, but in these revolutionary times mere plebs like you or I can feast like Sultans of old. High in fibre, potassium and essential vitamins, dates provide a guilt-free sugar fix.
This Ramadan make an ethical consumer choice, and support Palestinian farmers by buying a box of fairtrade Medjoul dates. These bonny babies are not cheap. They cost around £50 for a 5kg box, and the price reflects the difficulties in growing, harvesting and exporting the produce. However, tis possible to divide up a box and share the cost amongst friends and family.