September 08, 2021

Infinity Nuts Expert Review: Dates Have Zero Waste

The annual global consumption of dates was more than 1m metric tons in 2018. Although the consumption rate was lower in 2019, experts see a rising demand for the market. Dates are a staple food in the Middle East, India, and Egypt. Traders, however, often neglect various consumption of this amazing fruit. Every single part of a date can be processed into a new product.

Infinity Nuts, international fruit and nuts supplier, has released a review of date value-added products and trading information: Date quality varies according to the origin and the type of it. They are with/without syrup divided into three grades of quality. Traders often look for the best quality as they want to pack them in fancy packages and send them to stores. The direct consumption of households is the bolded target among traders; therefore, they miss profits of value-added products.

From the flesh to the kernel is capable of turning to a new product. The 2nd and 3rd grade cargoes are suitable for these processes.
Food and culinary industry use dates in special desserts, sweets, and dishes. Date syrup and date sugar are healthy natural sweeteners that can replace white sugar. Date Syrup and paste are also highly popular among healthy food lovers. They replace maple syrup or sugar in recipes by date syrup/paste. They give the cookies a soft texture and slight sweetness. Never discard the wasted dates! Date waste is abundant in some countries due to a lack of attention to by-products. Over 60% of the fabulous fruit of palm trees is sugar; therefore, the wasted dates can be used as a carbon source in fermentation processes to make medical Ethanol.
Countries, including Lebanon and Sudan, have a special alcoholic drink called Araki. They distillate the fermented dates to make Araki.
Date seed coffee is a great alternative for coffee lovers who need to avoid caffeine. The brown powder smells just like coffee, but it is entirely caffeine-free.
Cull dates are an economical food alternative to feed the livestock. They macerate the dates and use them in appropriate portions for lactating dairy cows or cattle fattening.
The value-added products list goes on with date seed oil, date vinegar, and date flour.
In 2018, the global date production was around 8.4M tones with a value of $13.2B. The global market value amounted to $13.8 billion in 2018 and $13.4 billion in 2019. Although the rising momentum could not maintain, the forecasts show that the market value soars to 16.25 billion by 2025. The top five exporters of 2020 included Israel, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, United States, and Iran. Egypt, Iran, and Algeria come as the top date producers of the world.

India holds first place in the dates importers list with an import value of $225 million. The United Arab Emirates and Iraq were the top exporters to India.

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