How Many Types of Dates are There ?

I attended an iftar (breaking fast event) a few days ago and was served with 4 different types of dates (known as tamar / tamoor or kurma in Malaysia).

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With Ramadhan just crossing the midway mark as of yesterday, I wonder how many types of dates there really are worldwide as even in Malaysia, when it comes to the month of Ramadhan, there are a variety of dates available on sale. According to wiki.answers (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_types_of_dates_are_there) there are 20 known types of dates available in 5 forms.

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There is a dates market located in Madinah (Medina) in Saudi Arabia. The last time I was there was in 2000. The have a vast selection, mostly locally grown as the dessert climate is conducive for its growth (http://www.madinah-madinah.com/brands/Madinah-Dates-Market.html). You can have them ship the dates directly to your doorstep.
I found this web for Al Madinah Al Munawarah Dates Co. (http://www.tomoor.com/) with many interesting pics and varieties. There is also the website for The Madinah Date Factory (http://www.madinahdatefactory.com/dates/). Statistics from Wikipedia shows that the largest producer of dates worldwide is Egypt, followed by Iran respectively (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_producing_countries_of_agricultural_commodities).

Fruit Largest Producer Second Largest Producer
Apricot  Turkey  Iran
Banana  India  Philippines
Berry  Iran  Vietnam
Mango  India  China
Coconut  Philippines  Indonesia
Sugar cane  Brazil  India
Grapes  Italy  China
Oranges  Brazil  United States
Papaya  India  Brazil
Peach  China  Italy
Apple  China  United States
Pineapples  Philippines  Thailand
Almond  United States  Spain
Sweet Potato  China  Uganda
Lemon  India  Mexico
Raspberry  Russia  Serbia
Stone fruits  Iran  China
Strawberry  United States  Turkey
Blueberry  United States  Canada
Kiwifruit  Italy  New Zealand
Currant  Russia  Poland
Date  Egypt  Iran
Cherry  Turkey  United States
Avocado  Mexico  Chile
Watermelon  China  Turkey

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Nut Largest Producer Second Largest Producer
Almond  United States  Spain
Cashew nut  Vietnam  India
Chestnut  China  South Korea
Hazelnut  Turkey  Italy
Pistachio  Iran  United States
Sheanut  Nigeria  Mali
Walnut  China  United States
Comments
4 Responses to “How Many Types of Dates are There ?”
  1. Naveed says:

    Largest mango producing country is Pakistan with over 30 different types.

  2. Rana says:

    Pakistan is the 3rd largest exporter of Dates in the world n produces over 300 different types of dates. moreover you may verified this with various sources.thanks

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