One of the world’s oldest fruit plants, the Phoenix palm, produces dates as its fruit. The Middle East, where it was a significant food source, was where the plant was first domesticated 6,000 years ago. The Arabs still maintain that there are as many items that may be made from dates as there are days in a year. They are consumed there in addition to raw fruit in the form of jams, vinegar, spreads, bread, or a syrup known as date honey. The collection of seven fundamental biblical plants, seen to represent a manifestation of God’s grace, has now been expanded to include date palms. Canaan’s soil is said to have been depicted as flowing with milk and honey because of the date syrup, not honey.