Soft, juicy, and surprisingly chewy, Segai dates are loved for their unique dual texture. Medium in size, with an elongated oblong shape, these two-toned dates have a dry base with a fruity flavour on one end and a soft chewy base with a taste reminiscent of brown sugar at the other end. Originating in the oases of Saudi, Segai dates are known for their soft, chewy texture and their juicy flesh. 

Their mild sweetness makes them perfect for a mid-afternoon snack or after-dinner treat that is best enjoyed with a hot cup of Arabic coffee. The combined flavors and textures of the dry fruit with a sugary body make it a unique fruit that offers twice the flavor in one piece. Plucked off the trees and sold directly, these dates can be had fresh, as they are picked. Known as the world’s oldest candy dates, they are one of the sweetest fruits out there.

History of Dates

Dates are an ancient crop that had its origins in the Middle East and Africa where it was thousands of years, before moving to Asia and Europe as world trade routes were established. The fruit is now grown in the United States as well. The integration of mythology and religions helped it make its way into modern culture. Today, for their nutritious significance, the dates are used in fitness-friendly recipes for sweets, smoothies, salads, and more. They're also served with exotic fillings and frequently as side dishes.

The Story of Segai Dates

Segai dates have their origins in the oasis of Saudi Arabia. They were easily differentiable from other dates due to their two-toned flesh and mildly sweet taste. Segai dates are an integral part of traditions in the Arab region as it is widely eaten as an afternoon snack with a hot cup of Arabic coffee. The bitterness of the coffee is beautifully balanced by the sweetness of the dates, making it the perfect combo to have as a snack or as an occasional treat. These dates are commonly harvested at any time between August to September. Since each bunch of dates does not ripen at the same time as others, one date palm can be harvested multiple times in a year. Our Segai dates come straight from the Saudi deserts so that you can enjoy a truly exotic experience.

Nutritional Value of Segai Dates

Segai dates owing to their comparatively lower sugar content are packed with nutrients. Each serving of 5 to 6 dates (around 40 grams) has only 100 kcals, less than 0.1 grams of fat, and 27 grams of total carbohydrates which is as low as 10%. Its sugar content is a mere 26 grams. They also contain antioxidants and a variety of vitamins and minerals, including iron, potassium, calcium, B vitamins, copper, and magnesium. Dates are also a concentrated source of natural sugars with a low glycaemic index that doesn’t affect blood sugar when consumed responsibly.

Health Benefits of Segai Dates

Segai dates are one of the most effective natural laxatives. The amount of fiber present in these dates makes them ideal for issues such as constipation. Another benefit of Segai dates is that they are an organic source of nicotinic which helps with intestinal disorders while promoting the growth of friendly bacteria that keeps the intestinal system healthy. Being packed with natural sugars, fats, and proteins Segai dates promote weight gain in people who are underweight. These dates also assist in cardiovascular issues and abdominal cancer. A hidden benefit of Segai dates that not many may know is that they have a unique property of relieving people who are intoxicated at faster rates than natural.

Segai Dates at Omara

We source our dates straight from the deserts of Saudi Arabia, which are harvested and instantly packed to deliver you the products of the highest quality. At Omara, you can get these dates in pouches, combo packs, and gift boxes of 12 and 24 pieces each. The gifting line of dates comes with fillings like candied orange peels, Italian lemon peels, slivered almonds, and roasted cashew nuts. Each of these packs is available for purchase on our website which can be accessed here. Don’t wait for a special occasion, treat yourself or a loved one to a royal experience unlike any other now.

December 04, 2022