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FAMILY: Arecaceae (Palmaceae)
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Phoenix dactylifera L.

Date is a small oblong fruit of date palm. The fruit can be dark brown, yellowish or reddish in colour.When ripe it has thin or thick skin with dark brownish sweet flesh. It has hard woody seed.

Date    Nutritional Value Top of Page

Dates are good source of dietary fiber.

Dates are good source of pottasium and iron.

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Dates helps to reduce hyper tension. Fibers rich in dates may help to reduce cholestrol and cancer risk.
Date    Varieties Top of Page
Medjool, Deglet Noor, Golden Zahidi, Halawy, Khadrawy are some popular varieties.
Date    Botanical Facts Top of Page

Date palm grows to about 75 feet to 120 feet in height.It will grow in all warm climates. But only very hot and dry climate is suitable for fruit production.

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Look for glossy,plump with brown color and smooth skin. They can be stored in refrigerator or at room temperature for some months.
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Fresh dates are great for snacking. Chopped dates can be added to cereals, yogurt,puddings and breads.
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* Amount in 100 grams of edible portion

ENERGY (kilocalories) 282
WATER(grams) 20.53
FAT(grams) 0.39
PROTEIN(grams) 2.45
CARBOHYDRATES(grams) 75.03
FIBER(grams) 8
Fat Soluble:
Vitamin A (mcg-RAE) -
Vitamin D -
Vitamin E (mg) 0.05
Vitamin K (mcg) 2.7
Water Soluble:
Vitamin C (mg) 0.4
Vitamin B
Riboflavin (mg) 0.066
Pyridoxine(B6) (mg) 0.165
Calcium 39
Iron 1.02
Magnesium 43
Phosphorus 62
Potassium 656
Sodium 2
Zinc 0.29
Copper 0.206
Manganese 0.262
Date    Web reference Top of Page

Fruits of Warm Climates - Julia F. Morton

The California Date Administrative Committee (CDAC)