By Published On: 4th October, 2022Categories: Palm0 Comments on Palm Part 1345 words1.7 min read

Here’s a Hi-5 from Your Date (palm)

We wave hello from a distance.  We give a Hi-5, Lo-5, Back-5 etc in celebration/victory.

Romans 1:20.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. 


Edited extract from Wikipedia.

The Date Palm is a palm extensively cultivated for its edible fruit.  It is a medium sized tree 15-25m tall, with a canopy span of 6-10m.  Dates have been a staple food of the Middle East for thousands of years.  It is believed to have originated around the Persian Gulf, and has been cultivated in ancient times from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt, possibly as early as 6000bc.  It takes about 20 years before it is commercially harvestable (it takes time to develop good fruit).

As a food, dry or soft dates are eaten out-of-hand, or may be seeded and stuffed with fillings, such as almonds, candied orange peel etc.  They can be chopped and used in a variety of sweet or savoury dishes.  Dehydrated they can be ground and used in a mixture for stockfeed.  Young leaves are cooked and used as a vegetable, and the flower buds are used in salads or pounded with dried fish as a condiment.  The sweet sap of the palm is tapped for use as palm sugar.

Other uses include their oil being made into soap and cosmetics, the seeds ground and used as a coffee. Their leaves are used for weaving mats, screens, baskets and fans.  And where craft traditions still thrive, such as in Oman, the palm tree is the most versatile of all indigenous plants, with virtually every part of the tree being utilized.

Medicinally, the dates when used as an infusion, decoction, syrup, or paste may be administered for sore throat, colds, bronchial catarrh, and to relieve fevers and a number of other ailments.  The pollen yields an estrogenic principle and has a gonadotropic effect (it’s an aphrodisiac 😉).

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