It is one of the largest commercial fruit of Pakistan. The harvesting season for dates starts in July and runs until September. Date Growing Areas of Pakistan: Dates are grown in all the four provinces of Pakistan over an area of about 75,000 Hectors.
Dates are one of the most important cash fruit crops of Pakistan. Dates are cultivated over an area of 223.88 thousand acres in Pakistan with an annual production of 531.2 thousand tons in year 2009-10.
Dates are growing in all four provinces of Pakistan. The main dates producing areas of Pakistan are Turbat and Panjgoor (Baluchistan), Khairpur and Sukkur (Sindh), Muzaffar Garh, Jhang, Multan and D.G Khan (Punjab) and D.I. Khan (KPK).
Most of the Dates produced in Pakistan are cultivated in Balochistan and Sindh provinces.
Pakistan is the sixth largest producer of dates in the world. Thanks to suitable climate conditions, Khairpur in Sindh occupies central place in the country’s date production.
There are more than 160 varieties of dates palm in the country, among them the popular varieties are: Aseel, Zahidi, Fasli, Maazwati, Dhakki, Kharbalian, Begum Jangi, Dagh, Goakna, Tota, Karwan, Hillavi, Khudrawi and Mozawati Gulistan, Jowansur, Lango, Sabzo, Kharuba, Karbala, and Kupro.
It is ideal to have 100 g of dates or a handful of dates every day to get all the essential nutrients. It is ideal to have 100 g of dates or a handful of dates every day to get all the essential nutrients.
However, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, Egypt is the largest producer of dates in world with around 17% of global production. Despite its large production, Egypt accounts for less than 3% world exports of dates.
Date fruits (dates) are oval-cylindrical, 3 to 7 centimetres (1 to 3 in) long, and about 2.5 centimetres (1 in) in diameter, ranging from bright red to bright yellow in colour, depending on variety. Containing 61–68 percent sugar by mass when dried, dates are a very sweet fruit.