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|Variety||Deglet Nour, Thoory, Iteema, Halawy|
|Packing||Boxing, cellophane bags|
|Size||3-7 cm long 2.5cm wide|
|Availabilty||Mid-August - October|
|Transport conditions||Cool, dry temperature Good ventilation Transported in cold stores or standard containers|
Algeria dates are highly nutritious fruits, containing a lot of minerals, fiber, and protein. Their 80% sugar content makes them a great energy booster. One may eat dates as a snack food, and they are also used in baked products like cake or as a natural sweetener.
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Date palms are responsible for the sweet date fruits. The date Palms have existed for at least 50 million years. Grown for it’s delicious and nutritious fruit, the date palm is grown widely in Algeria. It’s one of the agricultural plants grown in the Saharan region.
Phoenix dactyliferous or date palm is the flowering plant species of the palm family responsible for this fruit. The region between Egypt and Mesopotamia is the probable origin of this species. The uncertainty is a result of its long cultivation. However, their presence in Northern Africa and the Middle East is estimated at more than 7000 years, having been produced agriculturally for more than 5000 years.
Algeria date trees are about 21-23metres in height growing singly or forming a clump with several stems from a single root system. The leaves are 4-6 meters with spines and about 150 leaflets. Date fruits are 3-7cm in length and 2.5cm in width. They are oval cylindrical, and their color ranges from bright red to bright yellow depending on the variety.
Algeria exports about a million tons of dates annually, making it rank fourth globally in terms of output. The product was introduced at the end of the 14th century. The Biskra province of Algeria is one of the most substantial palm trees cultivation lands with more than half a million trees, producing high-quality fruits. Algeria is among the top ten date producers. It was placed third after Egypt and Iran in 2017.
Algeria has a market share of 20% for the production of Deglet Nour, making it a leading supplier to the European Union. This variety is the lead in terms of export value. Deglet Nour referred to as the “queen of all dates,” is the most famous of the varieties and has a translucent golden color. Thoory is also renowned in Algeria. It has a wrinkled and brown to red skin. They are relatively dry and ripen late but are suitable for baking. Iteema dates are native to Algeria having a mild amber color, extreme sweetness and are quite large. Halawy is sweet, small to medium-sized, and an excellent snack to eat right out of your hand. They ripen mid-season and are golden brown with tender flesh.
Dates are naturally wind pollinated, but modernity has allowed for manual pollination using a wind machine. Algeria dates require sandy loam soil able to hold moisture, a pH of 8-11. The conditions for their growth are warm air and wet soil. These conditions make the Algerian Sahara a suitable climate for growing dates. Date palms can take 4-8 years to bear fruits after being planted.
Algeria dates are harvested in October through January before they are completely ripe. Date palms take roughly 7-10 years for the production of commercial fruits since planting. Not all dates ripen at the same time. Thus several harvests are required.
Their bunches during harvesting are lowered and placed in containers, then taken to a packinghouse. They are mostly wrapped in nets to prevent pests or birds, or waxed paper or nylon sleeves to shield against the rain. To keep the fruit from falling, this process is done carefully. Harvesting is done in 3 to 5 rounds at a 5 to 7-day interval until all bunches have been cut off. The fruit ripens and is packed in boxes. Transparent cellophane is placed on top of the fruit and lid closed suing pressure to avoid moisture loss. Bouquets are packed in a cellophane bag on a little cardboard tray. No sand or dust is allowed to contaminate the fruit, and each packaging has a specific weight. Algeria dates require cold storage and transportation in standard containers for the retention of their flavor and nutrition. The condition for packing, storage, and shipping is 0-4°C, as it is a delicate fruit.
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