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Spanish DictionaryDATE PALM (deraḵt-e ḵormā, naḵl Phoenix dactylifera L., fam. Though not confirmed, it is believed that this tree originated in what is now present-day Iraq Dates are considered a staple food throughout Middle Eastern nations with evidence of cultivation dating back as far as 7000 BC. As trade developed in this region with the rest of the globe, dates had been introduc