Dates have been a staple food in the Middle East and North Africa for thousands of years. The leading date producing countries are Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. Ninety percent of the U.S. dates are produced in California, with the leading varieties being Deglet Noor and Medjool. Dates have a low glycemic index due to being rich in fiber. Their high sugar content makes them perfect as a natural sweetener. Date powder can replace sugar in confectionery and baking applications. Dates contain potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, copper, and manganese, which are great for bone health. Dates are used in many applications, including granola, protein bars, and snack foods. FruitSmart Produces dates in many forms, including milled powders and pieces.