The word “Date” comes from the Greek word daktylos, meaning finger.
Date have been present in the Middle East and Northern Africa as a local food for more than 7000 years.
One cup of dates has about 400 calories, 27 percent of the recommended daily requirement of potassium and 48 percent of daily fiber needs.
Date provide calcium, Zinc, iron, Copper, calcium, magnesium and other minerals that may help lower stroke risk, blood pressure and labor complications.
Due to availability people used them for longer boat trips crossing deserts and use them for survival food. Correctly stocked date fruits can last for several years.
Date trees were not used only because of date fruits. They used them for shades in the desert. Their leaves were used to make fens, baskets, carpets and even trays. The trunk was used as a frame for tents and for making furniture. Its fiber was good for ropes, brushes, fish traps and filling mattresses and pillows.
Their low water and high sugar content gives them a shelf-life of many months.
Date fruits stones are used for making soap and even eyeliners.
The top country for date fruits producing is Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Oman and UAE. There are more than 1000 different types of date fruits known.
According to Islamic tradition, the date tree is the tree of life in Garden of Eden.
Date fruits made nomadic life and trade possible in the very dry and hot regions.
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