Date Palm Products

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Dates are unique in that they constitute a set of properties and characteristics, which distinguish them from all major fruits. Dates are consumed in at least three major stages of maturity: from fresh, crisp to succulent, to soft pliable. A fully tree ripened date is self-preserving for months and can be stored or transported as a concentrated food source. Dates have a significance as a staple food as well as a dessert fruit, whilst their use in date products and industrial applications has increased. Date palms flourish where other fruit production would be marginal at best, which has perhaps contributed to the producer's special affection for the date palm and the habitat created by it. Topics addressed: Date Products and Preparation Derived Date Products By-products of date packing and processing Date palm products (excluding dates)

Authors: 
W.H. Barreveld
Publisher: 
FAO
Year: 
1993