You may not realize it, but dates are a staple fruit of the Middle East, and have been enjoyed there for thousands of years. Dates also happen to be an ideal fruit for Ramadan, when Muslims across the globe fast from sunrise to sunset for one month.

Muhammad was said to have broken his fast with dates, which could explain today's tradition of doing the same. It's a good thing the sweet fruit is so versatile and delicious in a number of recipes! Plus, dates are a good source of fiber, sugar, potassium and carbohydrates, all of which are important while fasting. We've rounded up just a few of the great date recipes we've come across.

Check out the slideshow above for 10 ways to use dates during Ramadan.

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