A staple and celebratory food in the Middle East, the fruit of the date palm is of special significance to Abrahamic communities. It is consumed by Muslims around the world, especially for breaking fast during the month of Ramadan—a dietary custom that goes back to the time of Prophet Muhammad and carried on in his memory. Of the many date varietals, the most prized is the ajwa—a bold flavoured, dark coloured date that is sticky and slightly chewy. Said to have come from paradise, it is believed to provide protection against poisons and magic.
In this session, find out more about the delicious fruit and traditions linked to it. With over 2,000 varieties, we will explore the different types of dates from the more commonly known medjool to ajwa and how they are consumed in the Middle East.
Recommended for ages 10 and above.
Please note that this is a floor seating event with limited chairs.
Do come in comfortable and appropriate attire and footwear.