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DATE PALM (deraḵt-e ḵormā, naḵl Phoenix dactylifera L., fam. Even though not confirmed, it is believed that this tree originated in what is now present-day Iraq Dates are regarded as a staple meals throughout Middle Eastern nations with proof of cultivation dating back as far as 7000 BC. As trade developed in this area with the rest of the planet, dates had been introduced to Southwest Asia, North