Do you know, there are approx. 3.000 variants of dates in the world? However, Saudi dates are well known to be the best dates, Saudi dates are one of the best fruits to eat. The Saudi market comprises variants of dates like Ajwa, safari, khudri, or amber dates. We have compiled the list of best variants of dates available in Saudi. Read the whole article to know more about it.
Types of dates in Saudi Arabia
Ajwa dates are one of the best dates available in the world. They are sweet and smooth. They also have healing benefits. It also said that you will be safe from poison and magic in the evening if you consume 7 ajwa dates daily. The Ajwa dates are also one of the most expensive dates in the world, however, they are not that expensive in Saudi Arabia.
In Saudi Arabia, you can buy them for SR 35- SR100/kg.
Amber dates are one of the biggest types of dates and are very much popular as they have small seeds and more fruit. They are enriched in protein and have a brown texture. They are one of the most expensive types of dates in the world, however, they are not expensive in Saudi Arabia. You can buy them for SR 50- SR 100/ kg.
They are enriched in vitamins and are black in colour and have a soft texture. They are mostly ploughed in Madina. Safawi dates are also beneficial for health. It is believed that by consuming safawi dates on an empty stomach, they can dispatch any stomach worms. The safawi dates are semi-dry.
Barhi Dates- Yellow type of date
The name Barhi comes from Arabic meaning ‘a hot wind’. They have a crusty texture and are yellow in colour. They have the taste of sugar and caramel. They are also beneficial for health and contain fibre, iron, potassium, B-vitamins, flavonoid, and antioxidants.
They are ploughed in Saudi Arabia, however, the best dates of this type are cultivated in Basra, Iraq. You can buy them for SR 20- SR 50/kg.
They are one of the best dates among others. They are ploughed in the Riyadh region. They have a crunchy texture. Their colour can be different from light yellow to brown colour. However, they may crease but they are not flakes. Saghai dates are very popular among people because of their mild sweetness and soft and crunchy taste.
Khudri dates are brown in colour and have a dry exterior texture. Despite being one of the best, diabetic patients should avoid the khudri dates because of the high amount of sugar they have. They are one of the most transported types of dates because of their low cost and freshness.
The name “sukkur” came from Arabic which means sugar. They are very sweet in taste and people eat sukkari dates as desserts. They are ploughed in the region of Al Qaseem. They have a crunchy texture. They are beneficial to tooth decay, lower cholesterol, and relief from fatigue.
They have an oval shape and golden colour. Their skin is stocky and has a dry texture. They are rich in fibre. They are best for sugar patients as they contain low sugar. Zahidi dates are popular as “butter dates”.
They are famous as the ‘Queen of dates.’ They are large in size and have a powerful flavour with a soft exterior. They are most favourable to make smoothies and shakes. They are also rich in calcium and iron. They also have 20% fibre. Diabetic patients should avoid the Medjool dates as they are very sweet. You can get Medjool dates in SR 25-SR 70/kg in Saudi Arabia.
They are known as the most popular dates mass-produced in Saudi Arabia. They are consumed with Arabic coffee and have a sticky exterior. They grow from Al Kharj and Qaseem regions.