February 25, 2010

Date syrup

Colleen from Organics are for Everyone sent me a sample of date syrup. Date syrup is a staple in the Middle East but is relatively unknown here in the U.S. At least, I'd never heard of it. I love dates and eat them regularly because they're delicious and healthful, but I'd never had date syrup before. When the thick, rich syrup first hit my tongue I was reminded of molasses, but then the taste mellowed and became sweeter. I'd have to say the syrup possesses its own unique and wonderful flavor, and is hard to compare to anything else.

The literature that accompanied the syrup suggested using it as a sugar substitute in baked goods or anywhere you might use a sweetener like maple syrup or honey. (There are recipe suggestions on the Organics are for Everyone Web site.) I haven't tried this but I imagine the taste would be wonderful. The only problem I can see would be the relatively high cost of this product. That's why I'm saving mine to use sparingly as a topping for pancakes and such, or as an addition to sauces and glazes. The date syrup is:
  • Organic
  • Kosher
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
It's imported from Israel and contains only dates.

I can personally tell you it's delicious on pancakes, oatmeal, or from a spoon! Have you tasted it?

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me as a free sample with no requirement that I blog about it or make positive statements about it. All statements in this post are my honest opinion.

11 comments:

  1. Lucky you--What fun! I have made date paste in the past...I wonder how hard it could be to make date syrup?! Hmmm... :-) Is it the consistency of maple syrup? Or is it a little thicker--more like molasses?

    Courtney

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  2. I just read to make your own is easy. Simply covering with water and cooking slowly till thick then blend. (after cool)

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  3. Interesting. I've already found jars of this syrup in supermarket in Sweden, but never dare to try yet. The jars I've seen are not organic though.

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  4. Courtney,
    It's more like molasses, and I did find recipes on the Internet for making date syrup. The syrup I tried is made with a water extraction method. I asked.

    Nancy,
    Judging from the sample I tried, it doesn't seem like a home-made version would be the same. But I like to try it to see what it's like. Thanks for your comment!

    Virginie,
    The syrup I tried was really delicious. I had pancakes three days in a row!

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  5. just what i need, another excuse to eat more dates :)

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  6. I love dates! How cool that there is date syrup! Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Andrea!

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  7. Bethany,
    I think for me it's even worse - it's an excuse to eat more pancakes. Though I suppose I could eat more oatmeal ...

    Trinity,
    Apparently there's been date syrup since ancient times. Who knew?

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  8. We have a Turkish shop around which sells different brands of date syrup. I love that stuff and use it for sandwiches. Over here people often eat sandwiches with butter and honey, I use margarine and date syrup instead and it tastes wonderfully. Now I wonder why I never used it for pancakes. Great idea.

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  9. I've never heard of this before, interesting. I bet it would be wonderful drizzled on oatmeal.

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  10. Mihl,
    You've just given me the idea of drizzling it on toast with margarine!

    Janet,
    It was pretty good on oatmeal. It reminds me of sorghum molasses.

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  11. Sorghum molasses? I've never heard of it. About date syrup, I found it in an exotic store, it wasn't organic, but still very good. I used it to make a granola and then cereal bars. It was excellent. Thanks for this discovery.

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