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Dates favoured for breaking fast in Ramzan

Dates favoured for breaking fast in Ramzan
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In this holy month of Ramzan, foreign dates particularly which are imported from the Gulf countries are in much demand. Depending on the economic situation of the family, they prefer premium dates coming from Iran, Iraq, Tunisia, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Begum Bazar: In this holy month of Ramzan, foreign dates particularly which are imported from the Gulf countries are in much demand. Depending on the economic situation of the family, they prefer premium dates coming from Iran, Iraq, Tunisia, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

While some of the varieties like ajwa, also known to be the king of dates are sold at premium prices of Rs 2,000 and above, the other varieties are just above the price of the normal Indian date known as pind khajoor. Most of the families could be seen buying the imported varieties from Iran and Iraq (Zahidi) whose price ranges from Rs 70 to Rs 200 per kg.

Amongst the top varieties being sold in twin cities are Kimia, Shukkuri, KupKup, Khudri, Mariyum, besides dates filled with some dry fruits like almond, nuts, apricots etc are sold at a high price. While ajwa, the top-most premium variety is grown in Saudi Arabia. “This date variety is rare and is only available in Saudi,” said Raj Kumar Tandon of Kashmir House.

The businessman said that there was no noticeable change in the prices of the dates and prices of most of the varieties remained same. Besides Ramzan, the demand for dates also goes up during Shiva Ratri festival.

Dates are considered to be an important fruit, as traditionally the devout Muslims break the fast by consuming it, while other fruits or eatables are considered later for consumption. Raj Kumar said that his shop, which sells dry fruits and dates since Nizam's period more than 70 years ago has the maximum variety of dates. “Demand for dates is high during Ramzan, as customers buy in huge quantities during the month.

Earlier only two or three varieties were there and now there are nearly 40 varieties of dates can be found here, most of which are imported varieties,” he added. Dates are also one of the important ingredient of Sheer Khorma, which is relished as a dessert on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, the conclusion day of Ramzan.

BY M M Farooqui

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