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Phoenix dactylifera, the date palm tree

Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) is a species of plant in the Arecaceae family.
It was known since ancient times among the Egyptians, the Carthaginians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Berbers for its edible fruit called dates.

The date palm is not only an attractive ornamental plant, but also an important source of food and raw materials. The fruits can be eaten fresh or dried, or made into syrup, wine or vinegar. The leaves, stems and fibers are used for baskets, mats, roofs or ropes.

The Arabs honor this lush palm by calling it “the source of life” and “the blessed tree” because nothing is lost from the date palm and every part of it, including sap, is used.
Its most famous and valuable product is its fruit, the date, which has fed the Tunisian, Moroccan and Egyptian desert populations for centuries.

Dates are a nutritious and wholesome food essential for the livelihood of the poor population living in the Sahara, from Morocco to the Persian Gulf.

In Europe, the date palm was brought to Spain and Sicily during the Arab invasion.

Today, the date palm can be found in gardens, especially in Spain and on the coasts of the Mediterranean. It exerts a magical attraction on people, even those who do not know the history/origin of this life-giving plant. It is as if she is protecting the house of the people living in it. It is also considered a symbol of wealth in every sense.

This might further indicate the importance of this plant, and I wonder: do plants adapt to human needs, or do humans adapt to the needs of plants?

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