Bananas and dates are two miracle foods. Both come from a tree and have nourished the ancients and our bodies with healthy glucose and carbohydrates. Together, they make a wonderful and sweet bread or cake when touched with a hint of brown sugar.
The date palm tree (Phoenix dactylifera) is one of the oldest fruit-bearing trees in civilization. The ancients not only used dates as a source of energy, but used the leaves to weave baskets, brooms and ropes. Ancients used the stalk as a foundation to other structures. Even the tree's sap was fermented into wine.
It is no secret that the date tree has been an important part of human civilization in terms of Maslow's Hierarchy or needs. Originating in the Middle East, today, dates are still used in Middle Eastern and Israeli cuisine.
According to healthynakeddates.com, Dates in Biblical Times, "In Ezekiel 47:12, the old testament speaks of the trees that grow along the sandy river banks, whose leaves will never turn brown or fall. The fruit would provide food and the leaves medicine for the Isrealites as they made their new home in Canaan on the banks of the Jordan River.
This was the fabled ‘promised land,’ also known as the ‘land of milk and honey.’ Jericho, along the Mediterranean coast was referred to as the ‘City of Palms.’ This region was also the land of the Canaanites and the Philistines, located where Lebanon and Beirut stand today. The region was also known for its olives, grapes, figs and pomegranates."
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