Date or Date Palm is a flowering plant species in the palm family, cultivated for its edible sweet fruit. Although its place of origin is unknown because of long cultivation, it probably originated from lands around Iraq. The species is widely cultivated and is naturalized in many tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. Dry or soft dates are eaten out-of-hand, or may be pitted and stuffed with fillings such as Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans, Candied Orange and Lemon Peel, Tahini, Marzipan or Cream Cheese.
Dates provide a wide range of essential nutrients, and are a very good source of dietary potassium. The sugar content of ripe dates is about 80%; the remainder consists of Protein, Fiber and trace elements including Boron, Cobalt, Copper, Fluorine, Magnesium, Manganese, Selenium and Zinc.