Saudi King donates 100 tons of dried dates
That is about 5,000 boxes of dates which shall be distributed for free to Muslim and non-Muslim Filipino communities across the country.
Each box contains 10 packs of dates, more than enough to feed an average Filipino family.
Every year, Saudi King donates thousands of boxes of dates to several countries, including the Philippines, during calamities as well as during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
This is also in line with Saudi’s commitment to its Islamic humanitarian role of helping address global hunger and poverty.
Through the efforts of Saudi Ambassador to the Philippines Abdullah Al-Hassan, the dates were turned over to the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) and Philippine Red Cross (PRC) during a simple ceremony at the Saudi Embassy Chancery in Makati City.
The NCMF represented by its Secretary Bai Omera Lucman and PRC represented by its Secretary General Gwen Pang and its Fund Generation Officer in Charge Anacletz Bandril received 50 tons (2,500 cartons) and 10 tons (500 cartons) of dates, respectively.
Muslims around the world prefer a date fruit as the first food when breaking the fast (iftar) at sundown.
The date fruits are dried and eaten whole as a snack or included in an assortment of desserts.
These dried dates are not only sweet and delicious but also they are one of the best-known nutritious diets for mankind as they contain more than 60 percent invert sugar along with a small amount of sucrose in addition to protein, pectin, tannin, cellulose, starch and fat in varying proportions.
In addition, they also contain Vitamins A, B and C as well as iron, sodium, calcium, sulphur, chlorine and phosphorus.
Wholesome dates are used for making confectionery, beverages, sugar and a sugary syrup – very much like honey.
Many believe that dates are reputed for their great medicinal value.
They are considered demulcents, emollients, a heart stimulant and help in checking the loss of memory. They are also useful in respiratory disorders in general and asthma in particular.
Finally, dates are laxatives, diuretics and aphrodisiacs.
Taking into account all of their constituents and qualities, the dates can be rated as a nutritious diet and a health tonic.