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Celebrate #ValentinesDay with a ‘#Date’ that is Good for Your #Heart! As Valentine’s Day approaches, @forestfeast the premium dried fruit, nut and seed snack company want you to celebrate the occasion with a tasty ‘date’ you are sure to love. Now considered a superfood, dates were previously viewed as a boring fruit that only featured at Christmas. Today however, dates have once again found the love they deserve. Forest Feast has experienced an almost 30% surge in the sales of Medjool dates, year on year. Ann Woods, Product development Manager at Forest Feast, says "we've seen a real rise in the popularity of dates as a popular modern superfood, gaining traction from those following a vegan or paleo diet, all of which praise the fruit’s health benefits and uses as a natural sweetener. People are more conscious of healthier sugars and the demand for our date range is rapidly increasing". Forest Feast Smart and Hearty Dates, 100g (RRP £1.99) are a nutritional powerhouse of minerals, energy and fibre and have been specially selected as they contain no added sugar, additives or preservatives – just naturally sweet and ready to eat. Known for their caramel flavour and plump flesh, Forest Feast Medjool Dates, 180g (RRP £2.85) are a tasty snack or the perfect addition to cooking or baking. As well as being a delicious way to add fruit to your diet, here are some cool things about dates that you might not know: Dates are a rich source of amino acids, which are known to increase sexual stamina and libido. Therefore, dates are a popular aphrodisiac, especially in North African countries. Dates are also the symbol of the goddess Ishtar, the goddess of fertility, love, sex, and power. Indeed, it is believed by some scholars that it was a date and not an apple used by Eve to lure Adam in the Bible’s Garden of Eden – the ultimate temptation! The word “date” comes from the Greek word daktylos, meaning finger. They are believed to have originated around what is now Iraq as early as 4000 BCE, when they were grown specifically for the Iraqi royal family. There are hundreds of different varieties of dates but Medjool are the hardest to grow.

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, Forest Feast, the premium dried fruit, nut and seed snack company want you to celebrate the occasion with a tasty ‘date’ you are sure to love.

Now considered a superfood, dates were previously viewed as a boring fruit that only featured at Christmas. Today however, dates have once again found the love they deserve. Forest Feast has experienced an almost 30% surge in the sales of Medjool dates, year on year.   Ann Woods, Product development Manager at Forest Feast, says “we’ve seen a real rise in the popularity of dates as a popular modern superfood, gaining traction from those following a vegan or paleo diet, all of which praise the fruit’s health benefits and uses as a natural sweetener. People are more conscious of healthier sugars and the demand for our date range is rapidly increasing”.

Forest Feast Smart and Hearty Dates, 100g (RRP £1.99) are a nutritional powerhouse of minerals, energy and fibre and have been specially selected as they contain no added sugar, additives or preservatives – just naturally sweet and ready to eat. Known for their caramel flavour and plump flesh, Forest Feast Medjool Dates, 180g (RRP £2.85) are a tasty snack or the perfect addition to cooking or baking.

As well as being a delicious way to add fruit to your diet, here are some cool things about dates that you might not know:

  • Dates are a rich source of amino acids, which are known to increase sexual stamina and libido. Therefore, dates are a popular aphrodisiac, especially in North African countries.
  • Dates are also the symbol of the goddess Ishtar, the goddess of fertility, love, sex, and power.
  • Indeed, it is believed by some scholars that it was a date and not an apple used by Eve to lure Adam in the Bible’s Garden of Eden – the ultimate temptation!
  • The word “date” comes from the Greek word daktylos, meaning finger.
  • They are believed to have originated around what is now Iraq as early as 4000 BCE, when they were grown specifically for the Iraqi royal family.
     
  • There are hundreds of different varieties of dates but Medjool are the hardest to grow. This, coupled with their soft, sticky, caramel quality make them the most luxurious dates on the market.

 

Forest Feast products are available online and from leading retailers nationwide. For more information, visit www.forestfeast.com or follow ‘Forest Feast’ on Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter.

 

Valentine’s Day inspired recipe

Heart shaped date truffles are the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day and this recipe could not be easier to make. These bite-size balls of decadence deliciousness are much healthier than chocolate equivalents but taste just as good!  Show the love for your date this Valentine’s Day and treat yourself, your significant other, or your BFF to a batch of these truffles that you’ll love with all your heart.

 

A Deliciously Decadent Date!

A date truffle recipe you will love with all your heart!

 

Ingredients:

  • 7 Forest Feast Medjool Dates, Pitted
  • 65g Pecan Nuts (Any nuts can be used)
  • 85g Ground Almond
  • 30g Cocoa Powder + more for dusting
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch sea salt (add to taste)

Method:

  • Soak the dates in hot water for a few minutes to soften. Drain & squeeze out excess water
  • Finely grind pecans, ground almond and cocoa powder in food processor. Add dates, vanilla & sea salt. Pulse until a sticky ball forms.
  • Taste & add more salt if necessary
  • Take small ball & place into silicone mould
  • Pop into the freezer overnight
  • Once hard, pop out of the heart-shaped mould & roll in Cocoa powder

Enjoy!