Dates are one of the most popular and delicious fruits brimming with protein, Vitamins and mineral. They are produced and consumed as major diet in most countries of world. The nutritious value of dates can’t be ignored since it carries many benefits for health and fitness. It is a complete food, with maximum energy, enjoyed by the people of all ages, consumable in numerous ways and considered holy fruit in Muslims countries. They are known as natural remedy for a many health-related problems and useful for weight gain. Largest date producers in the world are situated in the southern area of the Mediterranean Sea specially countries located in hot arid region of Middle East and North Africa are known for high value confectionery. World’s date production is in the hands of few countries of this region where it is the most important subsistence crop.

Rank Country Production 2012 (Tonnes)
% age of World Production
1. Egypt 1,470,000 19%
2. Iran
1,066,000
14%
3. Saudi Arabia
1,050,000
14%
4. Algeria
789,357
10%
5. Iraq
650,000
8%
6. Pakistan
600,000
8%
7. Sudan (former)
433,500
6%
8. Oman
270,000
4%
9. U.A.E
250,000
3%
10. Tunisia
190,000
2%