3.1. World Table Date Production

Table dates(*) are the most produced dried fruit worldwide after dried grapes. Their production totaled over 1 M MT in the 2022/23 season (Figure 15).

(*)u00a0Dates that have been packaged and presented for sale as such. They account for about 15% of global production of raw dates. Dates consumed in bulk and those destined for processing are not included.

Dates. Source: INC.

Table dates are mainly produced in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Saudi Arabia was, on average, (2018/19-2022/23) the top producing country, followed by Iran, the UAE, Tunisia and Egypt (Figure 16).