Iftar recipes, ideas for suhoor and what to gift a friend who is fasting for Ramadan
It’s the holy month of Ramadan and a time for reflection, prayer and fasting for those who observe. It’s also a restorative time as friends and family gather together at sun-down to break their fast and enjoy a nourishing evening iftar meal.
Breaking fast with Medjoul dates
Many Muslims break their fast with Medjoul dates. They are referenced in the Quran, and Medjoul dates – or Medjool dates as they’re also known – are sweet and juicy and a tasty way to break a fast. They’re also packed with goodness and are high in fibre and potassium. If you’re not fasting, and your friends and family are, they’ll be thrilled with a gift of Medjoul dates.
What’s a thoughtful gift to take to an Iftar?
An iftar, the evening meal which follows a day of fasting, needs to be nourishing and plentiful. It’s also a time to invite people over. If you’re heading to an iftar, we have a delicious range of ethical gifts to take with you.
In Palestine, people often begin iftar with a bowl of freekeh soup. A refreshing choice after a day of fasting, freekeh is also high in protein and fibre. Our recipe includes cardamom and a sprinkling of toasted almonds with a squeeze of lemon. It’s delicious!
A medjoul date smoothie is a simple, tasty and nutritious choice for suhoor, the pre-dawn meal eaten by Muslims before fasting during Ramadan. Another popular choice in Palestine is olive oil and za’atar – zeit and za’atar – eaten with bread and a boiled egg. For some of the Zaytoun team, a Medjoul date flapjack is a favourite, easy option early in the morning.