Popular date palm fruit types: Sukkary dates

Popular date palm fruit types: Sukkary dates

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The word “Sukkary” sounds like “sugar”,’ In Arabic, it means “the sweet one”.’ This variety is popular in the region, with the fruit often referred to as ‘royal dates’. They are cone-shaped, with pronounced creases in their yellow skin and firm, faintly resilient, mildly sweet flesh – crystallised sugars give them a crisp bite.

Sukkary date palm fruits are arguably the most famous premium date type is the Arab world, it has a very unique color that easily distinguish it from other date palm fruit types.

Sukkary date palm fruit is a staple dietary item in all dining events in the GCC.  The type is sometimes spelled as Sukkari.
Sukkary is most famously associated with Al Qassim region in Saudi Arabia. Al Qassim region tends to produce the highest quality of it. Although other regions produce it including Al Kharj and Al Hassa. 

Sukkary Date palm fruits, although has a name sugary, they actually are cholesterol free, sodium free and fat free, so they are great for people with heart conditions. They are also an excellent source of fiber which is good for the digestive system.

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Al-Ahsa aims to export to international markets through date festival

Al-Ahsa aims to export to international markets through date festival

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The festival is held in an area of 3,600 square meters and attracts government agencies and 45 factories operating in the field of manufacturing and packaging dates.
Officials vision of the festival is to enable Al-Ahsa to become a home for dates through tactical mechanisms by turning them from a popular agricultural product to a distinctive investment and touristic and economical product.”

The festival aims to develop the concept of agricultural marketing, quality production and fruitful communication between the farmer and trader through best mechanisms and methods, he said. “A mechanism will adopted to promote the dates sector through an exchange of experience and closer ties between farmers, producers and manufacturers.” 

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10 important facts regarding the date palm fruit industry in Saudi Arabia

10 important facts regarding the date palm fruit industry in Saudi Arabia

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Best date palm fruit types in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Best date palm fruit types in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Big potential for date palm in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Big potential for date palm in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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The date palm remains as emblematic of the Gulf region today as it ever was in the past.

With hundreds lining major roads, and with their tasty dates a favourite purchase in local supermarkets, life here would be a little less appealing without them.

What is more, the benefits they bring extend beyond satisfying our palates and beautifying local cityscapes.

As reported last year, researchers at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology were looking at ways of turning date palm waste into charcoal-like biochar, which improves fertility and water retention in soil.

Biochar has also been credited with preventing pests and diseases from spreading.

The UAE has about 40 million date palms, each generating about 15 kilograms of waste biomass annually, so there is no shortage of material.

Separately, the defence company AgustaWestland is exploring applications for date palm waste. It is considering burning it to produce electricity and heat for industrial use, turning it into compost, creating building insulation and improving the capabilities of construction material.

Date palm waste has a high lignin content and can also be digested by yeast to produce valuable pharmaceuticals and industrial products. The Anglo-Italian company aims to develop a commercially viable scheme involving local farmers who can guarantee a supply of date palm material to justify the investment.

“Local people recognise this material is being discarded and they cannot help feeling they should be doing something beneficial with it,” said David Francis, the company’s industry participation manager.

To help determine the productive uses to which it could be put to, the firm has collected date palm waste from farms in Al Ain, Liwa and Ras Al Khaimah, and sent it around the world for analysis.

“Hopefully, later this year, we’ll be able to go back to the farmers and say to them, ‘this is what we think we can do’,” said Mr Francis, noting that a scheme could have “huge potential for the UAE to pioneer new technologies and develop the knowledge and experience required to generate sustainable exports”.

Applications for palm material in building are another interest to the UAE.

The Sabla Project in Al Ain, for example, is investigating how palm fronds, bundled together with rope, can create the structure of a building.

“People have used plant material in the past but they’ve always used it without knowing the capability of it,” said Dr Sunday Popo-Ola, a research and teaching fellow at the department of civil and environmental engineering at Imperial College London, who is associated with the initiative.

“Bamboo has been used widely in South America and some parts of Africa. They don’t have a clue how strong these are.”

There is also research into how fibres from date palms, bamboo and other plants can improve the properties of substances such as concrete. Concrete can lack tensile strength so often steel or plastic are incorporated to increase its durability, and natural fibres can play a similar role.

“Concrete is not very good in tension. It cracks very easily,” said Dr Popo-Ola. “Putting these fibres in binds it together.”

A 2012 paper in the International Journal of Physical Sciences, Performance of Date Palm Fibres-reinforced Plaster Concrete, found that the fibres made concrete easier to deform and manipulate, less likely to crack and a better insulator.

“The advantage of using palm natural fibres is that it is an environmentally friendly material. Maybe some man-made fibres result in a better lifespan for the concrete product, but its production is harmful to the environment,” said Dr Hadi Abou Chakra of Beirut Arab University’s department of industrial engineering and engineering management.

Dr Chakra and other researchers from his university last year published a paper in the European Scientific Journal on using fibres from the leaves of the fan palm in concrete. They described a method that involved pre-treating them with a sodium hydroxide or caustic soda solution before mixing with concrete.

The alkali solution roughened the fibres’ surface, helping them to form stronger bonds with the concrete. It also improved the fibres’ tensile strength and elasticity, and is thought likely to improve their durability, which is important because under normal conditions, natural fibres in concrete can weaken over time.

Similarly, last year in the International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment, researchers in Qatar described a pre-treatment regime using calcium hydroxide for fibres from the leaves of female date palms.

Despite the research, there are few cases where natural fibres have been used in concrete for structural purposes, according to Prof Erik Schlangen of Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, who studies the use of natural fibres from, for example, hardwoods, softwoods, banana plants and bamboo, in concrete.

“A lot of people are investigating it, if it really works, and if durability is OK, but real applications on a structural level are not that many. It’s usually for reinforcement for cladding elements but not for structural elements.”

Although chemical pre-treatments are being developed, the technology, he said, was not as eco-friendly as envisaged.

“They do have a future but we need to work out more the real durability aspects.”

So ultimately, as well as providing succulent fruit, being used in landscape gardening and helping to improve soil fertility, date palms could become important in the construction of buildings, or at least in producing non-structural elements such as concrete barriers, pavement slabs and tiles.

In terms of what the date palm can be used for, it seems, more than 5,000 years on from when the trees were first cultivated, we have only scratched the surface.

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8 health benefits of the date palm fruit

8 health benefits of the date palm fruit

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Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. Its a good source of energy, sugar and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc are found in dates.  It also contains vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K. 

Dates benefits can be summarized as follows :

  1. Bone Health and Strength: The significant amounts of minerals found in dates make it a super food for strengthening bones and fighting off painful and debilitating diseases like osteoporosis. Dates contain selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, all of which are integral to healthy bone development and strength, particularly as people begin to age and their bones gradually weaken. So, eat your dates and give a boost to your bones!

  2. Anemia: Dates have a high mineral content, which is beneficial for many different health conditions, but their impressive levels of iron make them a perfect dietary supplement for people suffering from anemia. The high level of iron balances out the inherent lack of iron in anemic patients, increasing energy and strength, while decreasing feelings of fatigue and sluggishness.

  3. Allergies:One of the most interesting facets of dates is the presence of organic sulfur in them. This is not a very common element to find in foods, but it does have a worthwhile amount of health benefits, including the reduction of allergic reactions and seasonal allergies. According to a study done in 2002, organic sulfur compounds can have a positive impact on the amount of suffering people experience from SAR (Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis), which affects approximately 23 million people in the United States alone. Dates are a great way to somewhat stem the effects of those seasonal allergies through its contributions of sulfur to the diet.

  4. Energy Booster: Dates are high in natural sugars like glucose, fructose, and sucrose. Therefore, they are the perfect snack for an immediate burst of energy. Many people around the world use dates for a quick afternoon snack when they are feeling lethargic or sluggish.

  5. Nervous System Health: The vitamins present in dates make it an ideal boost to nervous system health and functionality. Potassium is one of the prime ingredients in promoting a healthy and responsive nervous system, and it also improves the speed and alertness of brain activity. Therefore, dates are a wonderful food source for people as they begin to age and their nervous system becomes sluggish or unsupported, as well as for people who want to keep their mind sharp.

  6. Healthy Heart: Dates are quite helpful in keeping your heart healthy. When they are soaked for the night, crushed in the morning and then consumed, they have been shown to have a positive effect on weak hearts. Dates are also a rich source of potassium, which studies have shown to reduce the risk of stroke and other heart related diseases. Furthermore, they are suggested as a healthy and delicious way to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol in the body, which is a major contributing factor heart attacks, heart disease, and stroke. Therefore, when taken twice a week, dates can seriously improve the overall health of the heart.

  7. Sexual Weakness:Studies have shown that dates are even beneficial for increasing sexual stamina. Soak a handful of dates in fresh goat’s milk overnight, then grind them in the same milk with a mixture of cardamom powder and honey. This mixture becomes a very useful tonic for increasing sexual endurance and reducing sterility caused by various sexual disorders. The science behind this phenomenon is largely due to traditional usage which stimulated formal research.

  8. Night Blindness: The benefits of dates are extensive, and are commonly employed to fight off various conditions affecting the ear, nose, and throat. When the leaves of the date palm are ground into a paste and rubbed on and around the eyes, or when dates are ingested orally, it has been shown to reduce the frequency of night blindness, and this solution is commonly used in rural areas where dates grow as an alternative medicine.

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    World’s best dates showcased in Qassim festival in Saudi Arabia

    World’s best dates showcased in Qassim festival in Saudi Arabia

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    The world’s largest dates festival was launched on Aug. 16 in Buraidah, a town which lies in the remote inner province of Qassim in Saudi Arabia.

    Farmers and vendors display the best of dates harvest, hoping to target high sales figures during the 90-day festival which, according to the executive director of the festival, Dr. Khalid al-Nekaidan, is expected to exceed 2 billion Saudi Riyals or 250 million U.S. dollars this year.

    Last year the festival’s sales figures reached to SR 800 million or 213 million U.S. dollars.

    The Buraidah initiative is part of a broader government push to lower dependency on oil and build up industries to find jobs for 18 million Saudis

    Every day up to 1,500 pickup trucks arrive full of dates from farmers or traders from across the kingdom or neighboring countries.

    “I came to the market to buy dates, I found dates of good quality. Their price is not expensive nor cheap, and their distinctiveness lies with them being heavy, yellow and free of peels,” said Rasheed Abdul Mohsin, a customer at the date festival.

    During the festival period, farmers would start their day by unloading their dates from pickup trucks after which auctioneers would start competing for best customer.

    “The auctioneer is the mediator between the farmer and merchant. Each auctioneer has a different way of auctioning dates. A successful auctioneer is he who can bring the farmer and the trader to an agreement in his own style. Some auctioneers can finish off quick deals with big quantities of dates using their own special way. And that is what distinguishes the successful auctioneer from others,” said Abu Bakir al-Nujaidi, an auctioneer at the date festival.

    The festival attracts clients from around the world and plays a big role in boosting the province’s economy.
    “We came from Kuwait. We heard about the festival in Buraidah and came to see it. The festival has a good reputation in this country so we came to buy dates and then go back to Kuwait,” said Mohamed al-Ossi, a customer who came from Kuwait to attend the festival.

    The market’s most popular date is the ‘Sukari’ which attracts more than 80 per cent of total sales.

    The price of an average Sukari dates is estimated at SR 50 per box or 13 US dollars. However, the price can usually go up to SR 270 or 71 US dollars depending on quality.

    Other types of dates include Barhi, al-Majdool, Hashishi, Aseela, Rothana and al-Khalas.
    Bandar al-Saqri, a date farm owner whose farm has won the prize of Prince Faisal bin Bandar’s best Palm farm in buraidah for 2012, says his farm production has reached its peak for this year.

    “My farm dates production this year has reached its peak, more than approximately 150 tons of dates. There are a variety of all kind of dates (Sukari in the first place , Barhi, al-Khalas, al Majdool, al-Saqa`ai dates. So I think this variety is what gave my farm the advantage of winning the prince’s award,” said al-Saqri.

    There are more than 6 million palm trees planted in the Qassim province, north west of the Saudi Kingdom.

    According to Dr. Khaled al-Nekaidan, executive director of Bureau Dates Festival, more than half of Qassim’s palm trees are productive.

    “Qassim region contains more than 6 million palm trees, among those are three and a half million of fruitful palm trees. This capacity of production requires marketing outlets, including this city which is the world’s biggest marketing outlet for dates,” said al-Nekaidan.

    “The sales figures for this year are expected to reach up to 2000 million Riyals, and we hope to increase this figure in future seasons, because our palm planting is increasing,” he added.

    Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar toured stalls of vendors displaying an estimation of more than 200,000 tons of dates and expressed his satisfaction for the progress achieved by the Buraidah Dates Festival over the years.

    He said his governorate would do its best to develop and improve the production of dates in the region.

    “We will continue to provide all what we can to serve it (palm trees and dates production). Its production has now become a special and a distinguished field for us. The dates are known for being a good nutrition fruit since ancient times. We will make a major economic source from the production of dates,” said Prince Faisal bin Bandar as he addressed reporters at the festival.

    “There are hundreds and thousands of tones (dates) which are being exported as donations and aid to countries in need and countries that are exposed to disasters, “ he added.

    According to local media sources, the Saudi kingdom owns the world’s highest number of palm trees which accounts for 20 percent of world production.

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