Combining dates with camel milk was one of the most nutritious meals that could be offered. Dates are generally low in fat and high in several different vitamins. These vitamins include vitamins A, B and D. This pairs perfectly with the camel milk because camel milk is high in vitamin C and fat. This explains why the date was known for its nutritional sustainability.
Dates are well known to contain amazing health benefits and magical remedies in several different cultures and societies. In ancient times, the people believed that the date was a medical remedy to stomach pains and intestinal disorders. The reason for this is because as a person continually ingests dates, it helps to prevent the development of unwanted pathological organisms. Therefore, the growth of benevolent bacteria increases in the intestines. The date also contains many amino acids and dissolvable fibers, which helps to break down the digestion of food. Thus, more of the nutrients will be absorbed by the digestive tract to benefit the body. Dates can also be used to treat constipation, since it has such high nicotine content.
Dates were not just harvested from the palms and the rest discarded. The ancient people of the UAE used the leaves from the palm to produce sustainable shelter for themselves and their animals. The leaves were even used to produce everyday household items such as furniture, baskets, roof beams, food covers, boxes, fish traps, fans and even boats. After realizing this, it is no wonder that life would have been unlivable without the date palm!
In the Ancient Egyptian culture, dates and the date palm were used for many rituals and traditions. Mummies were often times wrapped in date palms and their tombs were decorated with them. The date was an important feature in a funeral ceremony and family members often offered dates to their recently departed. They even used date beer to embalm the bodies of the recently departed. As a matter of fact, date beer and date wine can be found in many areas of Egypt today.
In one of the Egyptian rituals, on the Pharaoh king's 13th birthday, it was tradition for him to hold a bundle of date palm leaves. Legend says that the number of ribs in the palm was an omen from God signifying how many years the Pharaoh had left to rule and to live.
Today, the date palm is widely used in decorating Christian's homes and churches in cohesion with Palm Sunday. The date palm is mentioned in several different accounts from the bible and Jesus' era.