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.
What is Date Palm Used For?
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.
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.
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