Date palm cultivation is one of the world’s most widely known tropical fruit production crops. There are currently about seven million date palms cultivated in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Date palms are broadly divided into two main categories: the high yield palm and the low yield palm. The high yield palm is usually grown for the large yields (typically 40 tons perha) produced in dry, hot conditions. The low yield palm is normally grown for small yield amounts (typically less than ten tons perha) and is usually grown in more temperate conditions.
Palm dates are harvested as the fruits begin to soften inside the orchard. Harvesting starts when the tops of the palms begin to turn yellow from the sun’s rays. Harvesting then can continue until the orchards start to wilt. From there, the palms are allowed to dry out and turn brown again. Once the date palms have turned brown, they are left on trays in the sun to dry out completely, usually taking up to two months.
Date palms are a major crop used in Indonesia’s central province. In Aceh, a district in southwestern Java, date palm plantations account for almost 90% of agricultural production. Palm dates are also the primary agricultural produce for the district of Yogyakarta, in Indonesia’s central Aceh region. Yogyakarta and Aceh also boast the highest percentage of primary production of sweet mangoes, with Darjeeling and nearby valleys producing the next highest quantities.
Date fruits are some of the most popular fruits in the United States. As such, they account for the largest volume of sales in the industry. Because of this, many buyers choose to purchase dates directly from farmers, without having to go through a middleman such as a middleman like a supermarket. In addition to buying direct, many consumers choose to freeze their own fruits prior to picking them. Freezing allows for greater control over quality, and helps preserve the peak flavor of a particular date palm fruit.
While each of the dates in the world has their own peak flavor, the most common type of date palm fruit is the round, elongated shape known as “bulb,” which is produced on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. The reason for the round shape is due to the fact that this type of palm produces a large number of fruits per year. The fruits produced by this type of palm tree are of an average size with a round elongated shape. These fruits have an outstanding taste, which makes them highly sought after and very delicious when eaten. They are also extremely easy to transport, with some varieties being able to fit easily into small packages.
While date palm trees are grown on specific dates, they can actually be cultivated on almost any calendar month. Palm dactylifera, or “wild date palms” as they are more commonly known are cultivated all over the world, including Central America, South America, and Asia. These palm trees were originally from Asia and were introduced to the New World by the Spanish sailors during the 15th century. From there, they rapidly spread across the United States and into the Caribbean. Palm dactylifera are some of the most popular palm species in the world, and account for the majority of the world’s date palm production.
Date palms are cultivated all over the world, but are particularly abundant in Central America, which accounts for the majority of the crop produced. Palm dactylifera are native to the rainforests of Central and South America, and can grow up to 30 ft in height. The palms are famous for their large, round, bell shape fruits, which are prized for their superior taste and aroma.
Palm nuts, seeds and inner bark can be eaten directly, although it is best eaten when cooked. Dried and salted are also common methods of preparation, although the most famous method of consumption is through date palm juice, available in many forms today. Date palm juice is most common in the tropics and as a powder is often added to smoothies, yogurt, ice cream and other sweetened beverages. One cup of date palm juice contains approximately one tablespoon of honey, which is the same as any other type of honey. To preserve the date fruit’s flavor, you can add a teaspoon of sugar or honey to the glass of juice and enjoy!