The holy fruit in countries arab world.
In ancient times, native Arabs have been reported to consume as much as six pounds of dates per day. Dates were the principal food during half the year; they consumed several pounds a day regularly throughout their lives. Drinking milk was a common habit to accompany dates to smooth out the sweetness. The Arabs were noted to be among the healthiest and most vigorous members of the human race at that time.
The exact number of uses for the palm date is yet to be explored. According to Arabian folklore, there are 360 benefits gained from the date palm. It has been reported that damaged dates that are not used for human consumption, when added to animal feed, can increase the flow of milk in farm animals. Ground pits can also be used as an additive to feed for fish farms. Medicinal uses have also been reported, many of which are without scientific evidence, such as an analgesic or as a supplement to treat hypokalemia, a potassium deficiency.
succulent edible date fruit, in the form of all varieties, is one of the most valued foods in Arabic world. It has religious values as well as cultural importance. The date palm has been a source of valued food for the inhabitants of the Arabian Peninsula. . In the holy Qur'an, the palm tree is referred to as the "blessed tree". When the Prophet built his mosque in Madinah, the pillars were constructed from the trunks of the palm trees and the roof was woven from palm fronds. In Prophet Mohammed's sayings and actions (Hadith) many quotes have been cited. Muslims value the Prophet's life and try to do as he did as much as possible.
During the dawn of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad lived for months on dates and water alone. It has been reported in Hadith that a house without dates is a hungry household. He also reported that if seven dates accompanied with water were to be consumed every morning, one is protected from disease and evil.The special kind of date he referred to is particularly grown in Madinah, (the second holy city in Saudi Arabia- also called the city of palm) where it is still cultivated to this day. It is strongly believed that the kind cultivated in modern times is the same as the special kind referred to in Hadith.
Another important religious link to dates is embedded in the didactic story mentioned in the Qur'an (the holy book for Muslims) about the birth of the Prophet Jesus. The story is that when the Virgin Mary was giving birth, she heard a voice telling her: " Shake the trunk of the palm tree towards thee: it will drop fresh, ripe dates upon thee. Eat, then and drink, and let thine eye be gladdened" (Qur'an 19:25-26).
Therefore, it has been long believed that the consumption of dates during pregnancy and delivery is most beneficial for ease of delivery. Many other verses make mention of the importance of the date palm in the Qur'an.
All Muslim consume dates during one whole month of the year. During the fasting month of Ramadan, almost all fasting Muslims break their fast by sunset with a few dates, preferably in odd numbers[3,5,or7] and with a few sips of water; this act has also been reported by Hadith.