FNRB - Delving Into Dates' Nutrients, Genetic Diversity

datesSweet, chewy dates provide healthful antioxidants—mostly the kind known as phenolics. But the levels of these compounds vary according to what variety of date you're eating, ARS and University of California-Davis scientists have found.

Deglet Noor dates, the leading commercial variety in the United States, logged a higher antioxidant score than five other types of dates grown in California, the nation's leading producer of this exotic crop.

Other ARS-led research yielded new insights into the genetic diversity of date trees safeguarded in a unique collection that ARS curates—the Riverside, Calif.-based National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Citrus and Dates.