Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. It’s also a good source of energy, sugar, and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc can be found in them. They also contain vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.
Date is one of the best fruits, which contains fructose as sugar ingredients, which is totally fermentable sugar and can be completely converted to ethyl alcohol by fermentation process. There are few expensive fabricating companies who can design the distillery plants and fabricate the plants. There is very good demand of medical alcohol. It is required about 30000000 litres alcohol needed for Homoeopathic medicine only and again it is required for Allopathic medicine.
India is the largest importer of dates in the world. In India dates are consumed as dry fruits while in the Middle East and African countries they form a part of the cuisine and is used to make pastries and other delicacies.
Mumbai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Delhi, Bengaluru, Kerala, West Bengal and Srinagar are the most lucrative markets for the sale of dates.
In FY2016, the country’s total date import touched 324,350.23 MT in volume terms, which was worth $190.13 million. Roughly 96% of the country’s total import comes from Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, UAE and Oman, with Pakistan being India’s largest date trading partner.
The global production of date’s fruit is about 5.4 mn metric tonnes per year. The five largest producers are Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, & Iraq. Approximately, 93% of dates harvested in the country are consumed within.
Date fruits have iron, potassium and calcium content. They are highly delicious and are a rich source of sugar (70-75%). One kg of fresh fruits of date palm gives about 3,000 calories of energy.