Processing and utilization of palm date fruits for edible applications

Afaf Kamal-Eldin, Isameldin B. Hashim, Ibrahim O. Mohamed

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    Abstract

    The date palm tree (Phoenix dactylifra L., family: Palmaceae) is perhaps the oldest and most important fruit crop in the Middle East and North Africa. From this region, the tree spread to other parts of the world and is cultivated in some parts of USA. About 6-7 Million tons of date fruits, belonging to a large variety of cultivars with different characteristics, are produced annually. The date fruit is mainly composed of sugars (invert sugars and/or sucrose) and fiber and, as such, can find a wide range of applications. However, processing applications of the date fruits are limited and new possibilities need to be exploited. This paper reviews the state-of-art knowledge on the compositional and technological aspects and patents pertinent to the processing and utilization of date fruits.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)78-86
    Number of pages9
    JournalRecent Patents on Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
    Volume4
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

    Keywords

    • Date palm
    • Fruits
    • Patents
    • Phoenix dactylifera
    • Processing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Food Science
    • Agronomy and Crop Science

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