Dates, Fruit of Passion

World Date Production is about Nine million eight hundred thousand tons per year.

Dates, Fruit of Passion

World Date Production is about nine million eight hundred thousand tons per year. 

The date fruit, which is produced largely in the hot arid regions of Middle East and North Africa, is marketed all over the world as a high value confectionery or fruit, and remains an extremely important subsistence crop in most of the desert regions.  The following is a short narrative of the date harvesting, packinghouse management, and marketing aspects for selling the produce as whole or processed dates.

Product name

  • Arabic:  Tamar
  • English:  Dates, dried
  • German: Datteln, getrocknet
  • French:   Dattes séchées
  • Spanish: Dátiles secados
  • Scientific: Phoenix dactylifera
  • CN/HS number *: 0804 10 00

 (* EU Combined Nomenclature/Harmonized System) 


Dates are the fruit of the date palm, which is a type of palm tree known worldwide, reaching a length of about 25 meters.
Palm trees are among the oldest cultivated plants in the world and are native to the lands around the Arabian Gulf.
Date palm trees are considered dioecious, meaning that there are male and female trees, and their females do not produce fruits except through pollination.

Many date palm trees can be produced by planting offshoots, through a process similar to childbirth.

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