Q:

Where do the fruits known as dates come from?

A:

Quick Answer

Dates come from the palm tree known as Phoenix dactylifera, which many sources agree probably originated near Iraq. The tree, more simply known as date palm, is cultivated in many countries, including Spain, India, Pakistan, China and the United States.

Know More

Full Answer

The date fruit is oval or cylindrical in shape, with an outer flesh surrounding an inner shell with a pit or seed inside. It ranges in size from 3 to 7 centimeters in length, depending on the variety and the degree of ripeness.

Dates are sold in grocery stores year round and are available soft, semi-dry and dried. They are chopped and added to fruit salad, stuffed with fillings such as cream cheese or almonds, and used to make juice or syrup. Dried or soft dates can also be eaten straight from the hand as a snack or sweet treat.

Learn more about Fruits & Veggies

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What fruits start with the letter "V"?

    A:

    Some fruits that start with the letter "V" are vanilla and Victoria plums. In botany, a fruit is defined as a structure that grows from the ovary of a flowering plant. It makes a protective enclosure for the seed and aids in its dispersal.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a fruit that starts with the letter E?

    A:

    Eggplant, which is also known as "eggfruit," "aubergine," "brinjal," "gilos," "guinea squash," "mad apple" and "nasubi," is a fruit that starts with the letter "E." Eggplant is a member of the nightshade family of fruits and vegetables, which includes tomatoes, potatoes and peppers. It is commonly mistaken for a vegetable, but because it has seeds, it is botanically classified as a fruit.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How many seeds do different fruits produce?

    A:

    Cucumbers, melons and squash are fruits that contain at least 200 seeds, whereas apples, pears and citrus fruits only contain a few seeds. Tomatoes and peppers are simple fruits, which consistently produce lots of seeds due to the way that they are grown.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Is a tomato a fruit?

    A:

    Tomatoes are botanically classified as fruits because they develop from the ovary of a flower and contain seeds. Technically, tomatoes can be further classified as berries. However, because tomatoes are typically used in savory dishes instead of eaten as a dessert, they are considered vegetables for cooking purposes.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore