DATE (PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA)
Dates (Turkish: hurma) have been consumed in Mesopotamia, the Middle East and North Africa for five thousand years. Herodotus writes of this tree, referred to as “the tree of life” in the Bible, as a food meeting the need for sweets and a fruit used in the making of wine. Desert dwellers eat dates at every meal. Although we know it only as a fruit, the fibers of the date palm are used for cloth and its seeds are burned as fuel. In the regions in which it is raised, it may appear in a variety of sizes and colors. Because of its high sugar content, dates are often covered with a thin, white layer of crystallized sugar. Dates are very high in mineral value.
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