What you need to know about dates

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Did you know that Saudi Arabia is the third dates producer according to the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (2013). Saudi Arabia produces almost 100 kind of dates! Amazing, right?!

The biological name of the date palm is Phoenix dactylifera, it is a plant from the palm family. This tree can reach 23 m in height with leaves that can be up to 6 m long!

Date palm can take from 4 to 8 years to produce fruits. And dates ripen in different stages:

  • Hababouk (the stage after pollination)
  • Kimri (not ripe)
  • Khalal (Crunchy)
  • Ritab (Ripe, soft)
  • Tamer (ripe, sun dried)

We can eat dates from the Khalal stage. You can find below a graphic about the evolution of the date with the corresponding days post pollination.

 

 


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We all know that dates have many health benefits. But did you ever wonder what are those benefits? Dates are a very good source of many vitamins and minerals for the human body.

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The following graphic shows the most common types of dates in Saudi Arabia. My favorite is the Sukkary, I love it, it just melt in your mouth!

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Sources
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/7348/2
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-dates.html
http://naturalsociety.com/health-benefits-of-dates-7-reasons-eat-date-fruit/
http://www.mbc.net/ar/programs/mbc-news/articles/%D8%AA%D8%B9%D8%B1%D9%81-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B5%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-%D8%A3%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%B1-10-%D8%A3%D9%86%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B9-%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B1-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%A9.html
http://www.nakheelalya.com/date-varieties/
Pictures
http://faculty.ksu.edu.sa/10439/pictures%20library/forms/dispform.aspx?id=87&rootolder=/10439/pictures%20library
http://www.iraqi-datepalms.net
123rf.com
http://www.tamraty.com//public_html/uploads/product_images/5/2_1396033419_99282.jpg
http://i.vimeocdn.com/video/510605844_1280x720.jpg
http://news.asiaone.com/sites/default/files/original_images/May2015/20150508_safawidates_FATIMAHTRADINGcopy.jpg
http://mafnood.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/DATES-OTHERS-medjool.jpg
https://nuts.com/images/auto/801×534/assets/62381851bd3f4db0.jpg
http://www.datesexchange.com/product-page/3544d63f-0793-1b25-8e23-89139576081a


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