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Shops selling 'Dates' witness sharp increase.

ISLAMABAD -- Shops selling dates witness sharp increases as Ramazan approaches fast according to Islamic traditions, dates are an important item for breaking fast.

During Ramazan increase in dates consumption comes as a good sign, especially in matters related to health.

Dates are the most popular item compared to any other fruit in Ramazan and mostly the fruit sellers offer dates exclusively at their stalls, said a date seller Abdullah near G-9 Markaz.

Besides breaking fast with dates, people prepare many dishes and use dates in deserts during Ramazan feasts, he said.

As the demand for dates increases in Ramazan, so do the prices. As the Ramazan approaches fast, date prices went up by 50 percent, making it difficult for the common man to purchase these important items.

The most popular type of dates being sold in the market include Iranian dry dates, Arabian dates, Pakistani Aseel, Karblain, Iranian Rabai, Mazafati, Shareefa and others, said Faheem Ali, a date seller in Sunday Market.

There are more than 150 varieties of dates produced in Pakistan. Out of these, a large number of varieties, dates of Balochistan, Aseel of Sindh and Dhakki of Dera Ismail Khan are the varieties which are sought after all over the world due to their exotic taste,another date seller said.

Wonderfully delicious, dates are one of the most popular fruits with a list of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals required for normal growth, development and overall well-being. According to Health expert dates are rich in natural fibres, several vitamins and minerals.

They contain oil, calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium which are all advantageous for health. It is believed that consumption of one date daily is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet as dates help in fighting many diseases. It gives extra energy to a tired human body within half an hour after consumption.said Dr.Arif Majeed.

Breaking fast with eating dates help to avoid overeating of the food after the fast. When the body absorbs the nutritional value of the dates, the feeling of hunger gets pacified.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jun 7, 2016
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