Dates are an ancient food. Some archeological evidence even suggests they were around as far back as 7000 BC. Dates are one of the most nourishing fruits and it's called sometimes "Bread of Desert", More than two third of dates' weight is natural sugar. This fruit was highly esteemed by the ancient civilizations more than 5000 years ago; ancient Egyptians considered dates as a symbol of fertility, while the Romans and the Greeks used it to ornament their stately triumph pageants. Today, dates are widely-grown in the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Egypt, Iraq, Spain, Indian sub-continent, Italy and the United States. There are more than 600 varieties of dates.