• Sun / 20 September 2020 / 12:54
  • Category: Economy
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Interesting facts about dates, one of the most valuable export products of Iran

Interesting facts about dates, one of the most valuable export products of Iran

Tehran (ISNA) - The Middle East is a mysterious region and it has undergone so many wars over its abundant natural resources. The distinctive climate of the Middle East blessed the area with variety of special fruits offered in high quality.

Dates, one of the most nutritious and delicious species of these fruits, have been an important part of people’s diet since ancient times. According to the ancient inscriptions, the first palm tree was cultivated around 3000 BC.

In phytology, date palm is called Phoenix Dactylifera. This tropical plant of the palm genus is monocotyledonous and has a hard core and thin skin. It is sweet and appears on the tree as clusters. Dates are produced in the Middle East and Egypt holds the world record to produce this fruit with more than 1300 tons of dates per year. Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Algeria are some of the world's biggest dates producers.

An interesting thing about dates production is the amount of water the palm tree consumes. Although date palms are adapted to the hot and dry climate, they consume more water comparing to other desert resistant plants. To produce 1 Kg of dates, 2 cubic meters of water is required. One of the scientific solutions to maintain sufficient moisture of this plant is digging pits around the tree so the roots absorb sufficient water.

Considering climatic conditions in different countries, dates harvest time varies. But in many areas, it starts in July and lasts until early autumn. Dates are produced in different colors and types such as yellow and brown or dry and semi-dry and they are supplied all around the world.

The most common types of dates in the global market include Mazafati, Rabbi, Piarom, Lulu, Kaluteh, Kabkab, Shahani, Zahedi. Dates are rich in polyphenols and antioxidants which have an anti-inflammatory effect. In many cultures, dates are a great alternative to other sweeteners. Daily consumption of a quarter of a date, provides 12% of your body requirements as it is full of nutrients such as vitamin B6, iron, and fiber.

The potassium in dates is essential for heart health and it helps build muscles and protein in your body. Dates also contain 25% sucrose, 50% glucose, albumin, pectin, vitamins A, B, C, E, minerals, and water. This natural sweetener is also full of carbohydrates which form the most of dates calories. Infinity Nuts, with years of experience in exporting dates and other fruits, is trying to raise public awareness by providing comprehensive and reliable scientific information.

For more information and watching other fruit-related scientific videos, visit www.infinitynuts.org

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