According to the global reports and market, Medjool dates export is high in some countries such as India, Iran, Turkey, Russia, Italy, and some more.
The reason is the high quality, high benefits, good taste, and the popularity of this type of fruit in the world.
As a matter of fact, European imports of dates are increasing.
Most of which are importing from Iran. However, some countries such as France, the United Kingdom, and Germany supply and export Medjool dates.
Depending on the fruit maturity level, dates divide into fresh or dried.
Fresh dates have a moisture content higher than 50% and have high demand
in the middle eastern countries such as India.
On the other hand, dried types of dates are more popular in European countries.
Since Iran produces both dry and fresh dates, it has a high rate of exports to both middle eastern and European countries.
When the farmers leave dates on the tree, they will become riper, change color, soften, reduce in size
, weight, and moisture content, but increase in sugar content.
when they pick dates early to avoid damage by rain, insects, or other harms, dates may need to become riper additionally after harvest.
and the farmers finish cleaning of the dates, they sort them into grades by quality and size and store in a proper atmosphere.
Even when dry, dates often need cool storage to prolong shelf life.
Generally, the supplier maintains a frozen cold chain during transport and further storage.
In the final step, dates deliver to the consumers as a fruit snack, but they are also
applicable as an ingredient in home cooking and bakery, confectionery, and other food manufacturing industries.
Package types for dates export
Dates packages are either bulk or retail. In bulk packaging for Medjool dates export, we use carton boxes with polythene liner inside. Bulk packages are usually between two and five kilos; however, they can go up to 10 kg. For retail packaging, smaller carton boxes or plastic trays are common.
People usually store dried dates at ambient temperature in their homes.
However, some people store them in refrigerate at 4–10° C. It is good to know that at temperatures higher than 25° C, the syrup or date honey may seep out of the packaging.
The shelf life of dates also varies per cultivar. For instance, the Medjool variety has a shorter shelf life than the Deglet Noor variety.