The date has been justly called "the Bread of the Desert," for multitudes of the Arab tribes scattered over the sandy regions of Egypt and Arabia live chiefly on this fruit. It grows amid parched sands and arid wastes; wherever a spring of water appears in the desert, this eleo-ant palm is found, yielding to the wearied traveller both shelter and food.

Preserved Dates are very useful in the English household for dessert and also for an especially good pudding. Before sending up for dessert they should be put for a few minutes into boiling water to wash them • this plumps them up, and makes them look better. They are very nourishing. Bread and butter and a date or two make a good light Runner.

Constituent parts in 1 lb.

Oz.

Grs.

Water......

3

257

Albuumen...

1

0

Fibrin...

0

18

Sugar...

8

21

Oz.

Grs.

Fat...

0

14

Gum...

2

330

Woody fibre...

0

140

Ash ......

0

98