He also doubles as the official caretaker of Nizwa's great tourist attraction the Falaj Daris which, along with other major aflaj, is responsible for nurturing Nizwa's fine heritage of date palms.An early-season crop, the khalas is harvested during the July-August period of the date season.In fact, Nizwa's date bounty is the pride of Oman's vast date palm heritage.Although the wilayat has no exclusive claim to any one type of date, its harvests are the envy of farmers elsewhere in the Sultanate.These account for roughly half of all the date palms that grow in the wilayat's lush gardens.Other notable types like bunaringah, khasab, naghal, handhal and qashkantarah are among 40 different varieties that grow in Nizwa.The bunaringah is another local favourite that grows abundantly around Nizwa.Date buffs enjoy this bright yellow fruit because it is palatable and easy on the stomach when consumed in large quantities.
"A single tree's yield is worth about RO80-100, which surpasses in value other varieties cultivated in the wilayat.
Ideal weather conditions in the Interior region, characterised by long, hot summer and low humidity, ensure the perfect environment for high-quality and high-yield fruit.
Leading the pack is the khalas a bright yellow, oval-shaped fruit that is both juicy and delicious.
This paper presents ways to improve date palm production in Oman.
Factors that adversely affect date palm production are discussed and solutions are proposed to increase total production of dates in Oman.
Demand for the fruit also comes from date processing factories in Nizwa and elsewhere.