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Date Palm


The Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera) likely originated in the Fertile Crescent, and fossil records show this plant dates back 50 million years. Today it is widely cultivated across tropical and subtropical regions worldwide.


Date Palm fruit has been a staple in the Middle East for thousands of years, and today it is made into syrup, paste, vinegar, sugar and wine.

Uses of Date Palm


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Active Constituents

Date Palm fruit is high in carbohydrates (44-88%) and fiber (up to 11.5%), while being low in fat (0.2-0.5%). These sweet fruits are easily digested and contain numerous minerals, including selenium, copper, potassium and magnesium. Date palm fruit also contains the fat-soluble vitamins A and K.

Parts Used

Important precautions

Additional Resources

Al-Shahib W, Marshall RJ. “The fruit of the date palm: its possible use as the best food for the future?” Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2003 Jul;54(4):247-59.

Al-Farsi MA, Lee CY. “Nutritional and functional properties of dates: a review.” Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2008 Nov.

Miller CJ, Dunn EV, Hashim IB. “Glycemic index of 3 varieties of dates.” Saudi Med J. 2002 May;23(5):536-8.

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