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Grown in the arid California desert, the brown and saccharine date is man's oldest cultivated fruit. Dates are also processed into cubes, paste known as "'ajwa", spread, date syrup or " honey " called "dibs" or " rub " in Libya, powder (date sugar), vinegar or alcohol Vinegar produced from dates is a classic product of the Middle East 28 29 Recent innovations include chocolate -covered dates and g