History of Dates

It is believed that the date palm originated from around the Persian Gulf, South Africa, or India, but researchers say that Iranians were the first nation to use the date as a food and for medicine purposes. The date palm is probably the oldest tree which has been cultivated in the world. Dates are divine fruit because they are mentioned in the KORAN and Jews believe that the date is one of the seven holy fruits in the world.

Dates have been a staple food of the Middle East for thousands of years. It is believed to have originated around the Persian Gulf, and has been cultivated in ancient times from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt, possibly as early as 6000 BC. There is archeological evidence of cultivation in eastern Arabia in 4,000 BC.

In later times, Arabs spread dates around northern Africa and into Spain, and dates were introduced into California by the Spaniards in 1765, around Mission San Ignacio.