Islamabad: The trade in imported and locally produced dates has seen a boom during Ramazan elsewhere in the country, including in the capital, where dates are becoming the most preferred choice for fasters during Iftar.
A large number of hordes and retailers with different varieties of dates can be seen during the month of Ramazan while good quality dates in fancy wrappers are hidden in the wooden crates.
According to citizens, dates have their own cultural significance, but it has also been scientifically proven that dates are the best way to break the one-day fast. Dates are a rich source of carbohydrates, fiber and natural sugars that provide an instant energy boost despite changing eating habits, a citizen said in an interview with a private news channel.
Dates are still a popular food at Iftar, not just in Pakistan but all over the world, a retailer has said. During Ramazan, every person, even low-income households, is willing to spend on this wealthy man’s delicacy for his Iftar meals, a roadside vendor said. Every year during the holy month of Ramazan, sales of several varieties of dates accelerated in the wholesale and retail market, a citizen said.
People have been seen buying dates in the wholesale market as the prices are relatively lower, another citizen said, adding that they had also seen bargaining for local dates at Sasta bazaars in the capital. Some merchants have also developed a home delivery service for their customers, an online retailer said. “We provide our email address and contact numbers to the client and send the dates to their respective homes,” he added.