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Nutritional value of date fruit

Date fruit provide a wide range of essential nutrients. The fruit is a very good source of dietary potassium; when ripe, it has a sugar content of 80%. The remainder consists of protein, fibre and trace elements including boron, cobalt, copper, fluorine, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc.

Amount per 100 grams:

  • Calories 282
  • Total fat 0.4 g
  • Saturated fat 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 3 mg
  • Potassium 964 mg
  • Total carbohydrate 110 g
  • Dietary fiber 12 g
  • Sugar 93 g
  • Protein 3.6 g
  • Vitamin A 0%
  • Vitamin C 1%
  • Calcium 5%
  • Iron 8%
  • Vitamin B-6 10%
  • Vitamin B-12 0%
  • Magnesium 15%

Medicinal value of date fruit

Date fruit contains tannin which makes it an effective astringent. The fruit is used to treat abdominal problems, bronchial catarrh, colds, edema, fever, gonorrhoea and sore throats.

Uses of date seed

Date seed is used as food for camels, cattle, goats, horses and sheep. Once ground, it can be used to feed chickens as well. The oils contained within the seed make them a useful ingredient in cosmetics and soaps. It can be ground into a paste that is effective in treating ague. It can be burnt to make charcoal. Its chemical composition allows it to be used to create Oxalic acid.

Uses of date palm

Date palm is used as an ornamental plant in subtropical and tropical climates. The leaves of the palm are used to create hand-woven baskets – they are dyed to the desired colour and then wrapped around in tight bundles or coils of reed fibre until the desired pattern and shape have been achieved. Its roots are used to relieve toothaches. Its gum (extracted from the truck) is effectively used to treat diarrhoea and urinary ailments.

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