“When G‑d spoke to Moses at the burning bush, He informed him that He would redeem the Israelites and bring them to a “good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey…” Honey here (and elsewhere in the Scriptures) is generally understood to be a reference to fruit nectar, specifically date honey—not bees’ honey.” Exodus 3:8.
Date-Honey: one of the 7 species Israel was blessed with
“Deuteronomy 8:8 tells us that Israel was “a land of wheat, barley, grapevines, figs, and pomegranates; a land of oil olives and honey.”
The seven species are:
Wheat (chitah in Hebrew)
Barley (se’orah in Hebrew)
Grapes (gefen in Hebrew), usually consumed as wine
Figs (te’enah in Hebrew)
Pomegranates (rimon in Hebrew)
Olives (zayit in Hebrew), usually consumed in oil form
Dates/Date-Honey (tamar or d’vash in Hebrew)
The biblical verse from Deuteronomy does not actually mention palm dates but instead uses the word “d’vash” as the seventh species, which literally translates to honey.
In ancient times the palm date was often made into a form of honey by mashing the dates and cooking them with water until they thickened into a syrup. It is generally thought that when the Torah mentions “honey” it is usually referring to palm date honey and not the honey produced by bees. This is why dates were included in the seven species instead of bee honey.”
“Desert travelers will see date palms at almost every desert oasis—because the date palm thrives with its roots in water and its canopy in the sun.
Seeded, stuffed or dried, dates are one of nature’s masterpieces, and one of the oldest fruit-bearing trees on earth. All dates are yellow when young, and darken to brown as they mature.
Honey-sweet and mouth-watering, dates not only fed the ancient Jews but answered almost their every need. The juices of the date palm tree were fermented into wine, and even used as a medicine; the strong trunk was used as a building material; palm leaves were woven into baskets, mats, brooms, beds, and ropes as well as furniture.
“A righteous man will flourish like a date palm” (Psalms 92:13)”
I love this article from the Jerusalem Post about the use of dates and Date-honey in Israeli Cuisine: “It’s a Date, Honey ”