Date Fresh Fruit
Date is one of the most valuable foodstuffs. Date consumption is one of important sources of supplying mineral and vitamin elements in a balance nutrition regime. Most of persons believe that dates together with one glass of milk can satisfy the required foodstuff of a person daily. Dates can classified as soft, semi-soft and dry dates. Like other fruit, dates are a seasonal product; therefore, the supply of fresh delicious dates is always limited. However, “Nakhil Dates” provides processed dates and dried dates all year round..
It is believe that the date palm originated from around the Persian Gulf area or possibly desert areas of North Africa, or India, but researchers say that Iranians were the first nation to use the date as a food and for medicine purposes. The date palm is probably the oldest tree that has been cultivated in the world. Dates are divine fruit and most of religions believe that the date is one of the seven holy fruits in the world.
Date fruits have an elongated oval-cylindrical shape. They are 3 to 7 cm long and 2 to 3 cm in diameter. Each fruit has one seed of about 2 cm long and 6 to 8 mm in diameter. Depending on the variety, the unripe fruits have a bright red to bright yellow color. Date fruits are very sweet as they have a high sugar content of around 80%.
Dates do well in hot climates, and often grown in oasis in desert areas. Dates tree of 15 to 25 meters tall and wind pollinated. However, in orchards they are usually hand pollinated.