SOURCE: Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates

Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates

April 24, 2012 09:00 ET

Medjool Date Growers Gear Up for Summer With Tasty-But-Healthy Recipes

Natural Delights™ Medjool Dates Offer Easy Suggestions for Light and Delicious Summer Meals

BARD VALLEY, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 24, 2012) - Summer bathing suit weather is right around the corner -- which means that the search for summer meals that taste good and are good for you can't be far behind. Knowing that eating healthy doesn't have to mean a diet of lettuce and celery sticks, the growers of Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates, the country's leading Medjool date brand, have created six delicious new guilt-free recipes for the summer.

"There are so many culinary possibilities with Medjool dates during the summer -- from salads and smoothies to nutrition bars and roll-ups," said Ed O'Malley, president of Datepac, the country's largest packer and shipper of Natural Delights Medjool Dates in the United States. "Medjool dates are packed with important vitamins and minerals, and thanks to their naturally-sweet taste, are a great way to add flavor to summer meals."

The six new summer recipes join the growing Natural Delights recipe library, available at

  • Medjool Date Whole Grain and Oat Bars -- Sweet and nutritious bars that combine cinnamon and honey with chewy Medjool dates and crunchy whole-grain oat cereal. 200 calories per serving.

  • Crostini with Mascarpone, Nectarines and Medjool Dates -- Small pieces of toasted seasoned bread, topped with mascarpone cheese, Medjool dates, sweet nectarines, and drizzled with honey. 600 calories per serving.

  • Peanut Butter, Banana and Medjool Date Pitas -- A delicious snack bursting with the rich flavors of creamy peanut butter, bananas and naturally-sweet Medjool dates, stuffed in a pita pocket. 510 calories per serving.

  • Non-dairy Cocoa-Date Smoothie -- A refreshing smoothie infused with caramel-like Medjool dates, chocolate and bananas, with a hint of orange zest. 470 calories per serving.

  • Rosemary Asiago Date Bites -- A golden brown Medjool date pastry, complemented by aromatic rosemary and sharp Asiago cheese. 150 calories per serving.

  • Turkey Date Roll-Ups -- A nutritious combination of soft Medjool dates, turkey and tangy mango chutney, wrapped in a wheat tortilla. 550 calories per serving.

For additional information, visit the Medjool date Facebook page,

About Bard Valley Natural Delights™ Medjool Dates
Known as the "Fruit of the Kings," caramel-like Natural Delights Medjool Dates are considered the best-tasting, most luscious dates in the world. In addition to being a good source of fiber, they contain no added sugar, are high in antioxidants, and offer important vitamins and minerals including Potassium, Copper, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Niacin, Calcium, Iron and Vitamin K. The Bard Valley Medjool Date Growers Association (BVMDGA), a consortium of family growers in the southwest, is responsible for over 60 percent of the Medjool dates grown in the United States. Thanks to their efforts, Natural Delights is the top Medjool date brand in the country. For more information, visit

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