The Medjool date is undeniably a most incredible fruit. It has a delicious taste, amazing nutritional value and astoundingly useful properties. Dates have been a food and healing source for thousands of years. It is somewhat difficult to imagine that the earliest date palm finds were from the Old Stone-Age period, found in Kharga Oasis'western desert'. More recently a 2000 year old Phoenix Dactylifera L. seed was unearthed at King Herod's fortress palace in Israel. It was planted in January 2005 and has been nick-named Methuselah because of its extraordinary age. I guess you could call it a living antiquity. Nutrition and the healing properties of the Phoenix Dactylifera L. have been noted in folk lore and at this present time research has deemed that the date may be considered as an almost ideal food. It is also being considered as a good world food source because of it high nutritional value. Nutritional properties of a single Medjool date are remarkable to say the least. The list of vitamins contain Vitamin A, Retinol Activity Equivalent, Beta Carotene, Lutein + Zeaxanthin, Vitamin K, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, food Folate, Folic acid, dietary Folate equivalents, Pantothenic Acid, Choline, and Betaine. I know that list was impressive but there is still more. Medjool dates contain a bountiful amount of Minerals; they include Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, and Manganese. Were that all that the Medjool date contained, it would be considered a wonderful food.