Since the dawn of global trade, cultures have gotten closer. One of the first exports of this expanding culture was the exchange of dates from the Middle East! Middle Eastern countries have dates as part of their culture, but the small fibrous fruit is loved almost everywhere in the world. They are sweet, chewy, healthy, and a very good ingredient for desserts. It is also a natural sweetener and goes well with smoothies and shakes. It is also used in nutritional bars, bakery products, and other commercially made desserts.