23 October 2016

Medjool dates

Medjool dates are large, sweet and succulent.   The dates pictured above were purchased at Ha-Carmel Market and are grown here in Israel. 

There are many different cultivars of dates. According to Wikipedia, the Medjool date variety is native to Morocco but is also grown in the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories. 

Phoenix dactylifera, commonly known as date or date palm, is a flowering plant species in the palm family, Arecaceae, cultivated for its edible sweet fruit. Although its place of origin is unknown because of long cultivation, it probably originated from lands around Iraq. The species is widely cultivated and is naturalized in many tropical and subtropical regions worldwide.

Nutritional value
Dates provide a wide range of essential nutrients, and are a very good source of dietary potassium. The sugar content of ripe dates is about 80%; the remainder consists of protein, fiber and trace elements including boron, cobalt, copper, fluorine, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc.


Top ten date producers – 2013
(1000 metric tonnes)
 Egypt 1502
 Iran 1084
 Saudi Arabia 1065
 Algeria 848
 Iraq 676
 Pakistan 527
 Sudan 438
 South Sudan 432
 Oman 269
 United Arab Emirates 245
Source: UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

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