Botanical Name Phoenix dactylifera
Family Arecaceae (Palm family)
Origin Date palms have been cultivated for thousands of years, with some evidence suggesting that they were first domesticated in the area that is now Iraq.
Description Khajoor or dates are the fruit of the date palm tree. They are oblong in shape, with a wrinkled texture and range in color from bright red to yellow-brown depending on their ripeness. The flesh is sweet and chewy with a pit in the center.
Parts Used The fruit (date) is the part of the plant that is used in Ayurvedic medicine.
Dose The recommended dose of dates varies depending on the specific use.

Ayurveda Features

Formulations(Yog) Dates are sometimes used in Ayurvedic formulations, such as Chyawanprash.
Anti-Dote (Nivaran Dravya) There is no specific antidote for dates.
Ayurvedic Properties Guna (Quality): Heavy, unctuous
Rasa (Taste): Sweet, astringent
Vipak (Metabolism): Sweet
Virya (Potency): Heating
Prabhav (Impact): Nourishing
Other Names Sanskrit: Kharjura, Khajoor
Hindi: Khajur
Assamese: Xowa
Bengali: Khejur
Kannada: Kajjuri
Malayalam: Eenthapazham
Manipuri: Chahui
Marathi: Khajur
Oriya: Khejur
Telugu: Kharjuramu


Distribution Date palms are native to the Middle East and North Africa but are now cultivated in many other parts of the world including California, Arizona, and Florida in the United States.
Pharmacognosy Dates are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins. They also contain various antioxidants and are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Cultivation Date palms are usually grown in warm, dry climates and require a lot of sunlight. They can be grown from seed but are often propagated through offshoots. Date palms take several years to produce fruit and require a lot of water during this time.
Physical Constituents Dates are a good source of fiber, potassium, and various vitamins.
Chemical Constituents Dates contain a variety of phytochemicals, including flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acids.


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