Mazafati dates come in two main varieties, Persian and Iranian. The former are typically used for cooking, whereas the latter are used as ornamental fruits. The fruit has an apple-like shape with a brownish skin. It has a sweet taste and is considered to be a delicacy in the region.
Mazafati dates are grown primarily in northern Iran, mostly in Khanuj, Haji Abadan, Nikshahr and Saravan. They can also be grown in central Iran including Tabriz, Baghlan, Karaj, Nimrod and Mashhad. Their growth is encouraged by climate and soil. Although they can grow in dry conditions, they prefer a good amount of moisture and a cool area.
The Iranian Mazafati dates have a sweet taste, are high in sugar and are very nutritious. The seeds are oily, similar to almonds and can be eaten raw or cooked with honey. They are best eaten after a meal. These dates can also be used to produce jams and preserves.
The Iranian Mazafati dates, especially the Persians are said to contain high levels of vitamin C. This makes them a good source of vitamin C. There are also studies that suggest that these dates can help in weight loss because they are rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and manganese. Other benefits include the following. It is believed to improve fertility, decrease cholesterol levels, decrease blood pressure and reduce risk for cardiovascular disease.
The Iranian Mazafati dates are also said to have strong anti-bacterial properties, antibacterial and antiviral properties, antioxidant properties and many other medicinal benefits. It is said to treat urinary disorders, kidney stones, urinary tract infections and other conditions. It is also known to reduce high blood pressure and the risk of stroke. The seeds can also be used as a poultice and applied externally.
Dates are not only eaten but they are also added to some recipes and desserts. In Middle Eastern cooking, dates are often used for making dates cakes and cookies. They are also commonly used to add zest to other foods and drinks. It is also used in desserts, salads, sauces, soups and deserts.
The Iranian dates can be eaten alone or can be mixed with other fruits and grains. It can also be made into pies and pastries and used as a garnish on dishes. The dates can be eaten with tea or coffee, in salad dressings or mixed in with other ingredients. Desserts made with dates include ice creams and sorbets, custards and sorbets, cookies, tarts, ice cream and cakes.
The Iranian Mazafati dates are high in oil and starch content. This makes them ideal for drying and canning. If you want to preserve the dates, then you can store them in the freezer, where the starch and water mixture is separated and then canning them.
You can purchase these dates at health food stores, fruit and vegetable stores or even grocery stores and specialty stores. In the United States you can buy them at local department stores and supermarkets.