Amazing Other Uses of Dates
Farmers grow date palm trees not only for its fruit but also for its leaves and ornamental value as well. Not only are the fruit used for a variety of culinary purposes, but the leaves have also been used to weave baskets. Various parts of this plant have been used medicinally to treat a variety of ailments. so there are several dates other uses, which we will mention in this article.
Date Palm Leaves Uses:
- Weaving baskets
- Date palm leaves are used for Palm Sunday in the Christian religion
- In North Africa, they are commonly used for making huts.
- Mature leaves are also made into mats, screens, baskets, and fans.
- Processed leaves can be used for the insulating board.
- Dried leaf petioles are a source of cellulose pulp, used for walking sticks, brooms, fishing floats, and fuel.
- Leaf-sheaths are prized for their scent, and fiber from them is also used for rope, coarse cloth, and large hats.
- The leaves are also used as a lulav in the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
Other uses of dates are using their seeds:
- Date seeds are soaked and ground up for the animal feed. Especially for horses, camels, cattle, sheep, and goats. After grounding they are even suitable to feed chickens.
- Their oil is suitable for use in soap and cosmetics.
- They can also be processed chemically as a source of oxalic acid.
- The seeds are also burned to make charcoal for silversmiths and can be strung in necklaces.
- Date seeds are also ground and used in the manner of coffee beans, or as an additive to coffee.
Other Uses of Dates:
- Date Palm stump showing the wood structure
- Stripped fruit clusters are used as brooms.
- In Pakistan, a viscous, thick syrup made from the ripe fruits is used as a coating for leather bags and pipes to prevent leaking.
- Date palm wood is used for posts and rafters for huts; it is lighter than coconut and not very durable. It is also used for construction such as bridges and aqueducts, and parts of dhows. Leftover wood is burnt for fuel.
- Where craft traditions still thrive, such as in Oman, the palm tree is the most versatile of all indigenous plants, and virtually every part of the tree is utilized to make functional items ranging from rope and baskets to beehives, fishing boats, and traditional dwellings.
Medicinal Uses of Dates:
Dates have a high tannin content and are used medicinally as a detersive (having cleansing power) and astringent in intestinal troubles. As an infusion, decoction, syrup, or paste, dates may be administered for sore throat, colds, bronchial catarrh, and taken to relieve fever and several other complaints. One traditional belief is that it can counteract alcohol intoxication. The seed powder is also used in some traditional medicines.
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