All Kurma Blog

April 08, 2019

The Medjool of Palestine

 

The Medjool date is one of the most sought after variants among date fruit lovers. Aside from the wondrous health benefits, Medjool is well-known for its larger and more voluptuous size compared with most other dates, Medjool dates are also among the tastiest with its soft and chewy caramel-like taste

The confusions surrounding the authenticity of Palestinian Medjool dates are in the history and injustices behind the production of dates, some dates are grown in illegally in Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land and are harvested through unfair labor practices.

Hence at All Kurma, it is important for us to know exactly where our dates come from, to support responsible and fair farmer and trading practices.

Now, putting all the politics aside, here are some interesting facts behind All Kurma's Medjool Jericho Dates from Palestine!

  • Medjool (مجهول) is an Arabic word which translates into ‘Unknown'? So, let's discover the unknown together in this blog post.
  • The city of Jericho is one of the 16 Governorates of Palestine, located along the eastern areas of the West Bank and along the northern Dead Sea. The population is estimated at around 31,000 people.
  • Agriculture is its most important economic activity, especially surrounding the Oasis Ein-el-Sultan (Elisha's Spring) that is home for the orchards, palm plantations (including dates!), banana plantations and other agro produce.
  • Medjool is considered the king of dates because of its larger size and richer taste compared with other date variants. So, move over durian, the King of Kings is here! Here's a LINK to catch-up on how dates should be part of your grocery list.
  • Medjool is said to be the hardest variant to cultivate compared with other species of dates due to its sensitivity to the level of moisture and air quality, hence the premium price you're paying for when looking for these sweet treats especially during Ramadhan.
  • When the male tree produces its pollen (usually around February), the fine powder is collected from its sheaths and sprinkled over the female tree's flowers when they are in bloom. They typically begin to bear fruit in April or May, and are "ripe for the picking" around late August to September.
  • Date plantation plays a major role in the Palestinian economy, creating thousands of job opportunities in the poverty stricken region. 60% of its date produce is exported to various markets including neighbouring Arab countries, Turkey and Southeast Asia.

At All Kurma, our Jericho Dates of Palestine are sold in packs of 250g, 500g, 1kg and 5kg. We say, go for the big one so you won't run out of stock!

Now that you've gotten your dose of upDates! till our next date, Eat Fresh and Stay Well, only from All Kurma.

References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medjool
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Palestine
https://www.sphinxdateranch.com/blog/post/how-do-dates-grow
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/09/415935/dr-m-want-end-terrorism-recognise-palestine-and-stop-israeli-atrocities
https://www.afd.fr/en/palestine-dates-help-local-economy-grow
https://www.healwithfood.org/comparison/medjool-dates-vs-regular-pitted-dates.php
https://www.organicfacts.net/medjool-dates.html
https://www.surisihat.com/kurma-popular-dan-sedap-di-malaysia/