Phoenix dactylifera. Guess what?
A date palm!
Date Palm Facts:
– There are 13 species of date palms
– Iraq is the biggest producer of date palm in the world
– This palm is only very happy in dry atmosphere, and it does not do well in high humidity
– Date palms can take 4 to 7 years after planting before they will bear fruit, and produce viable yields for commercial harvest between 7 to 10 years
– Mature date palms can produce 80–120 kilograms (176–264 lbs) of dates per harvest season
– 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