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WHY IS KURMA GOOD FOR YOU?

INTRODUCTION TO KURMA

Get to know what is Kurma and how it can help your body.


Kurma is called dates, the fruit grown from date palms. The scientific name of dates, Phoenix dactylifera, is derived from the ancient Greek. The dates palm grew abundantly in Phoenicia and was called Phoenix, as it became a symbol of the region. The species name of dates, dactylifera means “finger-bearing” due to the especial oblong shape. The date palm is considered to be one of the important food crops in the Middle East and North Africa, and has become a valuable source of food for people in the past 5000 years.

Kurma can be eaten fresh, but it can usually be eaten dry. In order to add value, Kurma are often processed into pitted dates, paste or syrup. Kurma are known as a “Sunnah” food and also an essential food for Muslims during the month of fasting. This was due the sweet taste and nutritional value it offers. Kurma are rich in carbohydrates (mainly fructose and glucose) and low in protein and fats. It was also a good source of dietary fibre and antioxidants (mainly carotenoids and phenolic). The main vitamins in Kurma consist of Vitamin B-complex and Vitamin C. Besides, Kurma also contain a high percentage of mineral such as iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

TYPES OF KURMA

There are many types of Kurma available in the market. The colour ranges from yellow to red and to dark purple. The following table shows the different types of Kurma.

Kurma Ajwa

  • The most popular type of dates among Muslims in the world.
  • Dark in color.

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Kurma Majdoul

  • The most expensive among the types of dates.
  • Dark yellow to reddish-brown in color.

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Kurma Safawi

Grows in Saudi Arabia and tastes like Kurma Ajwa.

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Kurma Khodry

Has a relatively bright colour compared to other dates.

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Kurma Mabroom

  • The most expensive among the types of dates.
  • Dark yellow to reddish-brown in color.

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Kurma Deglet Nour

  • Dates with stalks.
  • Reddish and yellowish in color.

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The Kurma extract powder used in our product, Chobe Master (Goats Milk and Kurma) is actually extracted from Kurma Ajwa. Kurma Ajwa is known as the “King of All Dates” as it has unique nutritional content compared to other dates. It has a dense, chewy texture and a sweet taste with hints of caramel. Kurma Ajwa is a good sugar substitute and beneficial for people who suffer from diabetes.


It is also the source of antioxidants that help to protect our bodies from infections and improve immune system. Besides, regular intake of Kurma Ajwa may help to improve heart function and prevent atherosclerosis, which is the main cause of most heart diseases and strokes. It has also been found that Kurma Ajwa is rich in magnesium and has anti-inflammatory effects. The high iron content in Kurma Ajwa also help mothers to increase their breast milk and prevent anaemia.

BENEFITS OF KURMA

Kurma has a high nutritional value that provides a variety of health benefits. Kurma is a good source of energy. It contains a high content of glucose, which is good for energy recovery, especially during the fasting month.

Kurma is rich in natural sugars, but has a low glycemic index (GI), which is good for controlling blood sugar levels. It is also a good source of fiber to aid in body's digestive process and prevent constipation.

Kurma has a high content of antioxidants which able to protect cells from free radical damage and prevent the development of certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

The mineral content of Kurma including phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium are good for maintaining the bone’s health. Kurma is also a good source of iron and helps the development of red blood cells. It is also suitable for consumption during pregnancy, which can promote the birth process of the baby.

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