Golden Zahidi Dates

Golden Zahidi Dates
About Golden Zahidi Dates


Zahidi dates mean "of a small quantity or nobility." This organic date fruit is a medium-sized, roundish date fruit, a golden color when ripe, and an excellent shipper and keeper.  The reddish brown fruits ripen in mid-season.This date fruit is classified as a semi-dry date with a sweet and nutty flavor. These fresh dates are California grown! 






Golden Zahidi Dates originating from Northern Iraq

The semi-dry ZAHIDI DATE was introduced from northern Iraq in 1913. Zahidi accounts for about 1% of total date fruit production. The Zahidi palm has a characteristic compact crown and is vigorous and hardy, yielding 91-136 kg of fruit per season; it is a prolific offshoot producer, 15-25.

It is most commonly grown in the Coachella Valley. The Zahidi was first introduced in 1902 from northern Iraq. As with other varieties from that region , most of the commercial plantings are traceable to the Popenoe importation of 1913. In 1946 there were 183 acres of Zahidi date fruit in California; all but 30 acres here in the Coachella Valley. Zahidi is the most common variety in northern Iraq and is more widely distributed than any other variety in that country. In most of the date-growing areas around Baghdad, Zahidi constitutes more than half the total palm population. In the Basra region, Zahidi date fruit is largely replaced by other varieties. However, even in Barsa, Zahidi constitutes about 3 percent of the palm population.

In Mandali, Iraq it is believed by natives versed in date lore that Zahidi and Kustawy were the original varieties from which all others are derived. Coachella Valley growers most familiar with the Zahidi insist that there are two strains. One strain producing small fruit and the other strain of Zahidi medium-sized, or if thinned, fairly large fruit.

This variety is now grown here at Oasis Date Gardens. 



Golden Zahidi Date Health Benefits


Health benefits of dates:

This date palm tree fruit variety is grown in the Coachella Valley, USA, certified organic, and has all the health benefits of dates:

        • Heart Healthy
        • Adds sweetness to foods without added sugars
        • Contains vitamins and minerals
        • Cholesterol free food
        • Good Source of fiber
        • Natural antioxidant polyphenols
        • 50% more potassium, by weight, than bananas
        • Improve taste, texture, and consistency of food products
        • Equal parts fructose and glucose
        • Free of sodium
        • Healthy alternative to refined sugars




Harvesting of entire bunches is done when fruits are about three-quarters ripe, finishing the less mature fruits in maturation chambers. 

Date Palm Tree Harvest Timeline




Vitamins in Dates
Minerals in Dates
Thiamin (vitamin B1) helps to turn food into energy to keep the nervous system healthy.
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is a vitamin that is needed for growth and overall good health. It helps the body break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats to produce energy, and it allows oxygen to be used by the body. It is important for body growth. It helps in red blood cell production. It also aids in the release of energy from proteins.
Vitamin B6 is important for normal brain development and for keeping the nervous system and immune system healthy.
Niacin (vitamin B3) helps keep your nervous system, digestive system and skin healthy.
Biotin (vitamin B7) like other B vitamins, helps your body use enzymes and carry nutrients throughout the body. Biotin helps strengthen hair and nails, and is found in many cosmetic products for hair and skin.
Pantothenic (vitamin B5) acid helps the body utilize carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids. It is also important for maintaining healthy skin.


      • GLOBAL G.A.P
      • HALAL
      • VEGAN
      • KOSHER

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