Here at Michael-Angelo’s, we understand that quality ingredients are the key to an amazing meal. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to produce, source and sell the very best ingredients in our stores. Our latest obsession is Natural Delights, a company that produces the sweetest, stickiest Medjool dates around.
Natural Delights Medjool dates are grown by a small group of farmers with a passion for producing the very best fruit. Meet the team and read each farmer’s story on the Natural Delights website.
The Medjool date is considered the world’s oldest fruit. At one time, only royalty and honoured guests were allowed to indulge in its luxurious sweetness. Today, dates are a popular health food eaten all over the world.
Natural Delights Medjool dates grow on palm trees in the hot, sunny Bard Valley, on the border between California and Arizona. The small group of growers who care for the trees supply cultivate more than 60% of the Medjool dates grown in the U.S. Bard Valley’s unique micro climate of intense heat (40C +), low humidity and the nearby Colorado River make it the ideal location to grow Medjool dates.
Though excellent in baking, savoury cooking and pureed into smoothies, you can also eat Medjool dates right out of the box for a sweet treat any time of day.
Beyond their moist texture and sweet honey flavour, Medjool dates are incredibly healthy. Each Natural Delights Medjool contains 16 vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, Vitamin B6, calcium and iron. They also contain 50% more potassium by weight than a banana. Bonus: they’re also vegan and gluten-free.
Find Natural Delights Medjool dates in store at Michael-Angelo’s!
Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Bielaski.