Rohin, Mohd Adzim Khalili and Ridzwan, Nor Haslinda and Jumli, Mimie Noratiqah and Ismail, Salwani (2015) BOTANICAL FEATURES OF DATES FRUIT. In: Dates: Medicinal, Opioid Substitution and Dietary Insight. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, USA, pp. 1-23. ISBN 978-1507743867

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Phoenix dactylifera, the date palm, is a monocot plant in the Arecaceae family, cultivated in dry tropical regions worldwide for its edible sweet fruit. Its native range is difficult to ascertain, because it has been spread through cultivation for thousands of years, and no longer occurs in the wild, but it is generally considered to have originated in the region around the Persian Gulf to northern Africa, the Arabian peninsula, and northwest India. Dates have been cultivated since ancient times from Mesopotamia and Babylonia to prehistoric Egypt, possibly as early as 4000 BC. The Ancient Egyptians used the fruits to make into date wine, and ate them at harvest. There is archaeological evidence of date cultivation in eastern Arabia in 6000 BC. Dates were important as a food (easily stored and transported), a source of building material (the fronds provided fibre for thatching roofs and making baskets, trunks are used for construction), and for making a fermented beverage referred to in the cuneiform inscriptions as “The Drink of Life.”

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Faculty / Institute: Faculty Of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Mohd Adzim Khalili Rohin
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2015 02:47
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2015 02:47

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