History of Dates Fruit in Saudi Arabia Every country and region in the world has something inherent to its  culture and its daily life. If there is one fruit which is symbolic to Saudi  Arabia, it has to be dates fruit. Dates fruit forms a part of the diet for  most people in Saudi Arabia and no occasion is celebrated without  feasting on Saudi dates. Even in the centre of the royal emblem of  Saudi Arabia, there is a palm tree above the crossed swords. It won’t  be wrong to say Saudi dates are as much integral to the culture of  Saudi Arabia as Oak is to the United States of America and the  United Kingdom.  To the Western world, the palm is as much a symbol of Islam as the  crescent and star. The Arabs traded dates fruit with the Chinese using the famous Silk Route 1000 years before Christ was born.  The  Chinese traders brought in silk from Central Asia and took back dates fruit on their return journey. This is one of the most famous trade  routes of the ancient world. Saudi Arabian date palms were carried  far and wide by traders and travelers until they became a pan Middle Eastern symbol. With the passage of time this awesome fruit crossed the Saudi Arabian shores and became known in other parts of the world. For centuries  merchants have traded Saudi dates all over Asia, Europe and the New World. Since the start of 15th century the trade got a boost as  European explorers took the dates fruit to other parts of the world. The significance of dates fruit can be understood from  the famous Arabic legend which explains the creation  of Date palms: According to it after God had finished  molding Man from Earth; he took the remaining  material and shaped it into a date palm which he  placed in the Garden of Paradise. In Islam dates fruit  find regular references in the Holy Koran. It has a  beautiful reference in the surah entitled Mary. It is told that Prophet Mohammed asked the followers  of Islam to break their day long Ramadan fast with  dates and water. Even the Prophet’s Mosque built at  Medina around A.D. 630, was entirely made of palms,  the columns and beams of the trunks, and the  thatching and prayer mats of the leaves. When floods  had devastated Medina dates fruit were the first trees that were planted by the descendants of Noah. Date palms precede human beings and have existed for more than 100,000 years and are considered  one of the oldest trees on the planet. The earliest reference of dates fruit can be found in the  Mesopotamian Civilization in the Tigris-Euphrates region (present day Iraq) which borders Saudi  Arabia. This is where Saudi dates originated from. The charming beauty of Saudi dates left many  rulers mesmerized. It is believed Alexander the Great introduced dates fruit to Pakistan during his  campaign in Asia.    These early  civilizations recognized  the versatility and value of the dates fruit. The sweet fruit  became an essential part of their diet. It is believed that the  palm offered close to three hundred and sixty uses to the  ancient Arab world. They used it to make needles, thread,  lumber, mattresses, rope, baskets and other household items  using the leaves and the bark of the date fruits tree. Saudi  dates also have medicinal properties and are known cure for  ailments of heart, intestine and even cancer. Saudi dates have always been a prized fruit compared to its  competitors from the neighboring countries thanks to its large  natural oases with massive underground water reserves and  excellent climatic conditions, attributes needed for high quality  produce. Saudi dates are famous all over the world and  generated millions of Riyals annually. Summary: Dates fruit is of great cultural significance to the  people of Saudi Arabia. It has been cultivated in the region for  thousands of years dating back to the days of the  Mesopotamian Civilization.  About Saudi Arabia Click Video
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