Fruit Date Market - Statistics & Facts

For thousands of years, dates have been collected for their sweet fruit and remain a staple food more many places around the Mediterranean and worldwide. The dried fruit is the most valuable product in the worldwide market for dried fruits . Over a million metric tons of dates were produced in 2018/2019, just behind raisins in terms of overall quantity produced. Iran, Algeria, and Iraq harvest the most date fruits worldwide. These dried fruits are used as a honey replacement, a ceremonial delicacy, and in sweet and savory dishes.

India imports the most dates, spending 257 million U.S. dollars on importing 414 million metric tons. Leading exporter Saudi Arabia ships about 201 million U.S. dollars of dates, which is nearly a quarter of the global date exports. Saudi Arabia's climate is dry and arid, and as such, is an ideal agricultural setting for dates to grow.

Annual consumption of dates has increased over the past few years, which is about 0.1 kilogram per person. Within the United States, over 99 million U.S. dollars of dates were sold in 2018. Dried fruits, including dates, are the most valuable segments of the United States' fruit and vegetable market. On average, the per capita consumption of dried fruit was between two and two and a half pounds for the last decade. Dates are the most expensive of the dried fruit types popular in the United States.

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