Dates are famous for their high nutritional value and as such a very important part of the diet of many people around the world. The origin of the Date Palm has not been exactly specified so far. No truly wild plants have ever been discovered but evidence of its cultivation has been found in the Middle East city of Ur Iraq dating to 4000 BCE. Date Palms are distributed between the 10o and 39o in the Northern hemisphere however nowadays they can be found all over the world where the climate is suitable, from coastal areas up to elevations of 1500 m. It was estimated in 1996 that about 100 million date palm trees were growing in 30 countries, producing 2.5 to 4 million Tonnes of fruit. The Middle East and North Africa is central to the cultivation of dates with about 80% of the palm trees and dates production found there.

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