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Considered as one of the best dates in the world and commonly referred to as the "Queen of all dates", this is a leading date in Algeria, Libya, the United States, and Tunisia, and in the latter country it is grown in inland oases and is the chief export cultivar. Despite being grown in several Mediterranean countries, the Deglet Nour originally comes from Algeria. The authentic Deglet Nour has a soft touch, a translucent light color and a soft honey-like taste, characteristics which distinguish it from other dates.
Algeria is the world's largest producer of Deglet Nour dates.
Several old books provide evidence that the Deglet Nour date was first grown in Algeria. Among them we find Le palmier-dattier by Pierre Munier, L'Algérie: un siècle de colonisation française by Félix Falck, Un voyage au pays des dattes by Jean-Henri Fabre as well as le Bulletin de la Société botanique de France. We learn in Munier's book that the fruit was introduced at the end of 13th century and at the beginning of 14th century in the areas of Biskra and Oued Righ in Algeria before being brought to Tunisia at the end of the 17th century by a grower from Tozeur named Sidi Touati.
The Algerian Ministry of Agriculture has decided to act in order to reserve the Deglet Nour label to Algerian dates.
This cultivar of date is mainly grown in Algeria (Tolga, Oued Righ), in Tunisia (in the areas of Jérid and Nefzaoua) and in the United States (in California, Arizona and Texas) where this cultivar was brought at the beginning of the 20th century.
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