The Date Palm

“And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree; she cried (in her anguish) “Ah! Would that I had died before this! Would that I been a thing forgotten and out of sight.” But (a voice) cried to her from beneath the (palm-tree): Grieve not! for thy Lord hath provided a rivulet beneath thee; and shake towards thyself the trunk of the palm-tree: it will let fall fresh ripe dates upon thee. So eat and drink and cool (thine) eye.” (Qur’an 19:23-26, on Maryam, known to non-Muslims as Mary)

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It is that time of the year again when the date palm becomes laden with clusters of dates. The date palms are said to produce up to 200 dates in one cluster and are one of the sweetest and most prized fruits in the Islamic world.

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Palm dates are believed to have originated around the Persian Gulf, and have been cultivated since ancient times from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt, possibly as early as 4000 B.C.

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Date palms also served as a means for preserving passages of the Quran. During the life of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), the Quran was recorded by some scribes on leafstalks of date palms.

The potentialities of a commercial date production industry in U.A.E. were realized many years ago.

The annual date production in U.A.E. has jumped from less than 8,000 metric tones (MT) in 1971 to more than 240,000 MT in 1995, an increase of about 30 fold.

The date fruit import had consequently dropped from 100,000 MT (1989) to 12,000 MT (1994).

The export of dates had also jumped from zero (0) in 1971 to above 50,000 MT in 1998 with a value of US$ 15 million.

The U.A.E. date harvested area has increased from less than 60 hectares (ha) in 1971 to 31,005 ha in 1996. This increase in area is about 48 times and allowed the country to be internationally classified as the Seventh major producing country with six percent of the world date production.


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6 Responses to The Date Palm

  1. Pingback: The Date Palm | Tea Break

  2. Haris Gulzar says:

    That was nice research :-). Date is one of the few fruits mentioned in the Qur’an.

  3. masood says:

    I love to read your posts especially because of the Quran ayath’s you relate it beautifully with the topic, MashaAllah. Great info, jaan 🙂

  4. nadia says:

    Thank you 🙂

    • Rashid Mehmood Khan says:

      Asalam o alekum madam. mn horticulture ka studnt hun meri research date palm tree pr ha i needd refrences for my topic < morphological charecteristics of date palm cultivars grown under the agro climatic conditions of dikhan.

  5. Haleem says:

    Do they export dates outside the middle east? the only dates you get here are california dates. The muslim stores have some makkah dates, but people only buy them during ramadan.

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