Date is one of the most nourishing fruit. It is also called "candy that grows on trees'. It is eaten in both fresh and dry forms. Dates grow all over the world in warmer climates but are extensively grown in the Saudi Arabian Peninsula and the Egyptian Belt. These are dessert areas where it has been difficult to grow other more popular fruits. Dates easily grow in the dessert areas where there is water bodies like the river Nile and the oasis. Dates from these areas are coveted and their taste enjoyed world over. The Date fruit is considered to be a complete meal in itself and is very rich in iron along with many other nutrients. Travellers in the desserts have survived days on water and dates. Dates have a special place in Muslim homes during Ramadan where they use it to break their daily fast.
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