Phoenix dactylifera

Phoenix dactylifera. Guess what?

A date palm!

Date Palm with young fruits (photo taken at Al Waha Club, Al Khor Community, June 2009)
Date Palm with young fruits (photo taken at Al Waha Club, Al Khor Community, June 2009)

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

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