National Date Nut Bread Day takes place on December 22 and celebrates a delicious and nutritious product that is often eaten for breakfast. It is impossible not to join in the festivities when the delicious aroma of freshly-baked bread is in the air. If you haven’t tried it yet, now is the perfect time to do so!
Bread made with dates is a food that can be stored for a long time and still retain its delicious flavor. It is also very easy to freeze and use whenever you need it. On National Date Nut Bread Day, bakers work hard to make sure everyone has the opportunity to get their hands on a loaf before the big morning. Often, this is done on December 21st or earlier so that people have plenty of time to prepare.
The date palm is believed to have originated in North Africa some 4000 years ago. Some sources claim that this happened as early as 4000 BC. People quickly fell in love with the fruit and it quickly spread across the world. Interestingly, the tree does not have any wild ancestors, suggesting it was originally grown as a cultivated plant.
An oriental legend tells of a girl who felt unhappy. She went to the rabbi and, on her knees, asked to be taught to enjoy life. The spiritual leader slyly looked at her and gave her some dates. At that time, there were no scientists who could explain that the hormone of happiness is serotonin, and foods rich in tryptophan have a beneficial effect on the body.
Did you know that:
- The date palm was often used to adorn Roman gardens, even though no fruit grew on them. They were seen as symbols of victory.
- A mature tree can produce at least 1000 dates in one season.
- Date seeds can be stored for decades until conditions are right for planting.
- The fruit is mentioned both in the Bible and the Holy Quran.
- Date pits are used to make cosmetics.
- Dates have a rich taste, but do not exude a pronounced smell.
How to take part
The best way to celebrate National Date Nut Bread Day is by eating the tastiest product you can find. Try to bake a loaf yourself or purchase one from your local bakery. Treat your friends and family, and don’t forget to experiment with additions like soft cheese or butter. If you don’t eat bread, simply enjoy the dates themselves, even though it isn’t their own holiday.
When is National Date Nut Bread Day celebrated in 2023?
National Date Nut Bread Day is observed on December 22 each year.