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A dried Medjool date (left) compared to a dried Khadrawi cultivar date

Medjool, Medjoul, or Majhool (Arabic: مجهول‎, meaning 'Unknown') is a large, sweet cultivated variety of date (Phoenix dactylifera) from Morocco,[1] also grown in the United States,[2] Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Jordan and Palestine. The variety is planted both for harvesting and for landscaping.[3][4] The Medjool is a distinct landrace, described as producing "large soft fruit, with orange-yellowish flesh, and a mildly rich and pleasing flavor."[5] Currently, due to advanced wastewater recycling technologies, Israel owns more than 60 percent of the global Medjool market share, which makes it the largest exporter of Medjool dates in the world.[6]


  1. ^ Onstad, D. (2004). Whole foods companion: a guide for adventurous cooks, curious shoppers, and lovers of natural foods. A Politics of the Living Book Series. Chelsea Green Pub. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-931498-68-5. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Hodel, D.R.; Johnson, D.V. (2007). Imported and American Varieties of Dates (Phoenix Dactylifera) in the United States. Publication (University of California (System). Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources)). University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-879906-78-5. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  3. ^ Russo, Susan (17 October 2007). "Medjool: A Date to Remember". NPR. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Medjool Date Palm". Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  5. ^ Elhoumaizi, Mohammed Aziz; et al. (2006). "Confirmation of 'Medjool' Date as a Landrace Variety through Genetic Analysis of 'Medjool' Accessions in Morocco" (PDF). J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 131 (3): 403–407.
  6. ^ "Medjool Dates From Israel Wastewater Proving Favorite of Foodies". Retrieved 21 November 2013.

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