Dates have been around for thousands of years, used in appetizers, main courses, and desserts. In antiquity dates were THE premier sweetener (there was no chocolate — no sugar!).
Pliny the Elder warns of the dangers of overeating delicious dates:
Indeed, when in a fresh state they are so remarkably luscious that there would be no end to eating them, were it not for fear of the dangerous consequences that would be sure to ensue.(Natural History, 13.9)
Follow food archaeologist Farrell Monaco as she prepares a simple yet delicious dish of dates and shares a brief history of this ancient treat.