The Majhūl date (Arabic: تمر المجهول - tamar al-majhūl, literally, unknown, from جَهِلَ, to not know) also known as Medjool, Medjoul, or Majhool, is a large, sweet cultivated variety of date (Phoenix dactylifera) from the Tafilalt region of Morocco,[1] also grown in the United States,[2] Israel, Palestine,[3] Iran, Saudi Arabia, South Africa,and Jordan. The variety is planted both for harvesting and for landscaping.[4][5] The Medjool is a distinct landrace, described as producing "large soft fruit, with orange-yellowish flesh, and a mildly rich and pleasing flavor."[6] Israel currently holds more than 60 percent of the global Mejhoul market share, making it the largest exporter of Mejhoul dates in the world.[7]

SpeciesPhoenix dactylifera
OriginTafilalt, Morocco
A Mejhoul date (left) compared to a dried Khadrawi cultivar date

See also

  • Jujube, also called the "red date" or "Chinese date"


  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. Date palm genetic resources and utilization. Volume 2, Asia and Europe. Jameel M. Al-Khayri, S. Mohan Jain, Dennis Victor Johnson. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. 2015. pp. 423–440. ISBN 978-94-017-9707-8. OCLC 905543989.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link) CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. Russo, Susan (17 October 2007). "Medjool: A Date to Remember". NPR. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  5. "Medjool Date Palm". Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  6. Elhoumaizi, Mohammed Aziz; et al. (2006). "Confirmation of 'Medjool' Date as a Landrace Variety through Genetic Analysis of 'Medjool' Accessions in Morocco" (PDF). J. Am. Soc. Hort. Sci. 131 (3): 403–407. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-12-22. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  7. "Medjool Dates From Israel Wastewater Proving Favorite of Foodies". Retrieved 20 February 2021.
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