Best 10 Types of Dates in Saudi Arabia
There are about 3000 kinds of dates in the world, but it is known that Saudi dates are the best dates, it is one of the best fruits to eat. There are different types of dates available in the Saudi market, such as Ajwa, safawi, khudri, or amber dates, and it can be a difficult decision to choose one of them.
For the connoisseurs who want the most Saudi dates available, the ten most popular types of dates are with photos.
Types of Dates in Saudi Arabia
- Ajwa Dates
- Amber Dates
- Safawi Dates
- Barhi Dates – Yellow type of date
- Medjool Dates
- Khudri Dates
- Saghai Dates
- Zahidi Dates
- Piarom Dates
- Kholas Dates
1. Ajwa Dates
Dates are the best fruit to eat and Ajwa dates are the best among all kinds of dates. The Ajwa dates are sweet and smooth. This is without a doubt one of the best dates in the world among all the available dates.
According to the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), the Ajwa dates have healing properties, and it is also said that those who consume 7 Ajwa dates in the morning will be safe from poison and sorcery until the evening.
Ajwa is also considered one of the most expensive dates in the world, although it is not as expensive in Saudi Arabia. The price of Ajwa dates ranges from SR 35 to SR 100, ranging from lower quality to best quality dates.
2. Amber Dates
Amber is larger than other types of dates and is the favorite of many date lovers because they have a smaller seed and more fruit. These dates contain protein, are brown in color and one of the best dates in the world.
If you are planning to get a premium gift for your family, a pack of Ambar Dates may be a perfect choice.
In addition, Ambar dates are considered to be one of the most expensive types of dates in the world, although not as expensive in Saudi Arabia. It is available in the Saudi market for around SR 50 to SR 100 per kilo, ranging from low to best quality dates.
3. Safawi Dates
Taste and texture: Their sweetness and flavor are more intense than Khudri dates. Toughness varies depending on how wrinkled the date is: it’s harder to chew a date.
Color and size: these are medium-sized round dates and have a dark black cherry color with brown hues.
Uses: It is best known for treating anemia and intoxication. Safawi dates also improve digestion.
Origin: Safawi dates are light, moist and delicious dates grown in Madinah, Saudi Arabia
4. Barhi Dates – Yellow type of date
The name Barhi is derived from Arabic meaning “a hot wind”. Barhi Date belongs to a different kind of dates as it is known to be yellow and has a crunchy texture. When the fruit is ripe, it tastes like brown sugar or caramel.
Barhi Dates are one of the types of dates that are attached with thin branches (see photo below). Yellow Barhi is a rich source of fiber, iron, potassium, B vitamins, flavonoids, and antioxidants.
Barhi dates are grown in Saudi Arabia; however, the best dates of this kind are found in Basra, Iraq. The people who do not like sweet dates consider Barhi as the best dates in the world.
Barhi dates are considered one of the most expensive types of dates in the world, although they are not as expensive in Saudi Arabia. During the season, Barhi dates can be purchased for as little as SR 20 per kilo, while out-of-season prices rise to SR 50 per kilo, depending on the best to low-quality dates.
5. Medjool Dates
Taste and texture: These are soft, delicious sweet dates with a rich flavor and fibrous texture.
Color and size: They have a color from amber to auburn and large to very large.
Usage: It is ideal to eat fresh due to their high humidity.
Origin: Medjool dates are grown in Morocco, Palestine, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia and ripen early in the season.
6. Khudri Dates
Taste and texture: They are moderately sweet with a nice “Date” flavor, sticky but not dry.
Color and size: These dates have a smooth dark brown color, not too wrinkled. The skin flakes slightly and comes in small and large dimensions
Uses: It is used as a delicious snack or a sugar alternative.
Origin: It is grown in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
7. Saghai Dates
Saghai is one of the best dates to eat from numerous types of dates grown in the Riyadh region. It also has a sharp texture that makes it a little crunchy to eat.
The Saghai dates range from pale to brown in color. Even if the texture looks wrinkled, never shake it. It is one of the types of Saudi dates that is soft or sweet but due to the combination of bright and soft, it is one of the best dates to eat.
8. Zahidi Dates
Taste and texture: They have a rich nutty flavor, often reminiscent of peanut butter with a slight taste reminiscent of dried apricots.
Color and size: Zahidi dates are medium-sized and oval. They have a light brown skin and a thick, golden inner flesh that encloses a single seed.
Use: The use of these dates can prevent many diseases such as digestive system, anemia while improving memory and vision.
Origin: Zahidi means ‘of a small quantity’ or ‘nobility’, and was cultivated in northern Iraq around the 1900s.
9. Piarom Dates
Taste and texture: Piarom dates have a dark thin skin that is completely attached to the flesh. They have a unique sweet taste with properties of toffee and caramel.
Color and size: They are semi-dry, long, thin and oval with a dark brown to black skin and 2 to 5 cm in size.
Uses: Due to their level of fructose, it is suitable for people with diabetes and blood pressure. You can fill the pits with nuts and create a fine snack for your cozy evenings.
Origin: It has been cultivated by the Persian Gulf and the Middle East since ancient Mesopotamia 6,000 BC.
10. Kholas Dates
Kholas dates are considered to be one of the best types of dates produced in Saudi Arabia. This date type with caramel flavor is usually consumed along with Arabic coffee and has a sticky texture.
Without a doubt, it is one of the best types of Saudi dates to eat with a cup of Arabian coffee. This type comes from Al Kharj and Qaseem regions.