Volume 29 Number 3 Article 2 Pages: 55-58
Year 1975 Month 7
Title: Evaluation of Date Cultivars for Dessert Quality
Author: H.C. Barrett
The date, Phoenix dactylifera L., is
one of the most ancient fruit crops
used by man; records of its culture
date back nearly 5,000 years.
of individual palms have had
sufficiently favorable attributes to attract
the attention of cultivators and
have received names.
Only a small
number of these cultivars, perhaps less
than 200, have been imported to this
country, beginning about the turn of
These imports represent
the cultivars most highly regarded by
cultivators in the Old World and those
selected by European horticulturists
who visited and studied date cultivars
throughout their range of cultivation.
Many cultivars failed to live up to the
reputations acquired in their homeland
or had serious horticultural - and
U.S.- market shortcomings.
Date cultivars that are fully mature
and grown under normal conditions in
a favorable climate are general1
placed into three categories by fles K
consistency: soft, semidry, or dry.
consumers are familiar with soft types,
slightly familiar with semidry types,
and almost completely unfamiliar with
The 'Deglet Noor' cultivar,
which accounts for at least 85%
of domestic production is considered
to be semidry, but after the usual commercial
processing, it reaches the consumer
as a soft-type date product.
all imported dates are derived
from soft-type cultivars or reach the
consumer as a soft-type date product.
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