Safawi dates are a soft, semi-dried date variety; characteristically identified by their particular deep black color, their length and medium size. They share similarities with Ajwa dates such as taste. They are however more oblong in shape as compared to the Ajwa date. The Safawi variety of date palm is characterized by its productivity and this makes the dates easily available and easy to get at any time of the year as opposed to the rest of the other varieties. Although easily available, it remains one of the best date varieties and one of those with the highest demand due to the health benefits. Since they are harvested at the Tamar stage (after they have been allowed to ripen and dry on the trees), they have a low moisture content. This makes them suitable for export as they don’t require much specialized storage.