10 Best Types of Dates in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Dates are known to be the best dates in the world. Every traveler, going from Saudi Arab is expected to have at least 1 packet of best dates to eat with them. There are different types of dates available in the Saudi market so choosing one of them could be a difficult decision.

There are many types of dates, each with their own distinct taste and texture. For the connoisseurs who might want to experience most of the Saudi Dates available, here are the 10 most sought-after types of dates with pictures.

10 Best Types of Dates in Saudi Arabia

01-Ajwa Dates

The world famous Ajwa Dates come in at no.1 with their unique combination of soft and dry. The Ajwa dates are sweet and smooth. It is undoubtedly one of the best dates in the world among all the types of dates available.

According to numerous Hadith of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), the Ajwa dates have healing properties, and it is also said that those who consume seven Ajwa dates in the morning will be safe from poison and magic until the evening.

The price of Ajwa dates ranges from SR 35 to SR 100 ranging from lower quality to best quality dates. If you are planning to take it back to your home country, I would recommend you to buy it from Madina. Recommended: 10 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Eating Ajwa Dates

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02-Anbara Dates

Anbara is larger than the other types of dates and is the favorite of many date lovers as they have a smaller seed and more fruit.

These are also one of the most expensive Saudi dates available in the market. The dates are packed with protein, are brown in color and one of the best dates to eat.

If you are planning to get a premium gift for your loved ones back to home, a pack of Amber Dates could be a perfect choice. It is available in the Saudi market for around SR 50 to SR 100 per kilo ranging from low to best quality dates.

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03-Safawi Dates

Safawi dates are usually black in color and packed with vitamins. This type is normally cultivated in Madina and is of soft texture.

These types of dates also have healing properties attributed to them and contain a high number of minerals. It is reported that if these dates are consumed on an empty stomach, they can kill any stomach worms present.

Due to their healing capacity, these dates are considered the best dates in the world. There are three classifications of dates; dry, semi-dry and soft, Safawi dates are of the semi-dry type.

04-Barhi Dates

The name Barhi is derived from Arabic meaning “a hot wind”.  Barhi Date is known to be yellow and color and has a crunchy texture. When the fruit is ripe, it tastes of brown sugar or caramel.

Barhi Dates is one those types of dates which are sold with the thin branches attached. Yellow Barhi dates are a rich source of fiber, iron, potassium, B-vitamins, flavonoids, and antioxidants.  During the season, Barhi dates can be bought for as less as SR 20 per kilo while in offseason, the prices go up to SR 50 per kilo.

Barhi Dates are cultivated in Saudi Arabia; however, the best dates to eat of this kind is found in Basra, Iraq. The people who do not like sweet dates rank Barhi dates among the best dates to eat.

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05-Saghai Dates

Saghai is one of the best dates to eat out of numerous types of dates cultivated in the Riyadh region. It also has a crisp texture which makes it a little crunchy to eat.

The Saghai dates are of light yellow to brown color. Although the texture may appear to be wrinkled, they never flake. Although these Saudi dates are mild in sweetness yet due to the combination of crisp and softness, they are one of the best dates to eat.

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06-Khudri Dates

Khudri Date is of dark brown color and has a dry texture. Like all other dates, this type dates is also sweet. Despite the fact that it is one of the best dates to eat, diabetic patients avoid it owing to the high amount of sugar.

Khudri dates are one of the most exported types of dates due to the reasonable prices and their freshness. This type is ideal if you want to feel energized and refreshed.

Khudri Dates are filled with fiber, potassium, magnesium amongst a load of other vitamins and minerals and they all just can’t wait to reboot your whole system!

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07-Sukkari Dates

The name of Sukkari dates is derived from “Sukkur” which in Arabic means Sugar. As the name suggests, like many other types of dates they are very sweet to eat and people who like desserts treat Sukkari one of the best dates to eat.

Sukkari date is cultivated in Al Qaseem region. They are of crisp texture and sweet to taste. This type is used to prevent tooth decay, lower cholesterol and get rid of any fatigue.

Sukkari date is eaten fresh as well as in the dry form. People who like to eat hard dates, prefer Sukkari in the dry form. It is one of the widely used dates in South Asia.

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08-Zahidi Dates

Zahidi Dates has a golden color and is of oval shape. The skin is thick and has a dry texture with high fiber content which makes it a best dates fruit. In contrast to Mejdool dates which are high in sugar, Zahidi dates have considerably low sugar content.

As you know there are many types of dates which are soft in texture but Zahidi dates are known as the “butter date” for both its light flavor and pale tan color. 

09-Mejdool Dates

Mejdool was known as the Queen of dates, they are large and have a strong flavor with a soft texture. Mejdool is one of those types of dates which are often used to make smoothies and can be served all year around.

Mejdool dates are High in calcium and iron, one serving of dates also provides you with 20% of your daily dietary fiber.

Considering the high level of sweetness in Mejdool dates, diabetic patients try to avoid it nevertheless they are one of the best dates to eat.

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10-Kholas Dates

Kholas dates are considered one of the best types of dates produced in Saudi Arabia. Kholas caramel flavored date type is usually consumed with Arabic coffee and have a sticky texture.

Without a doubt, they are one of the best Saudi dates to eat with a cup of Arabic CoffeeThis type originates from Al Kharj and Qaseem regions.

Source: Destination Jeddah