A virtual visit to the Medjoul date groves of Palestine

March 5, 2021

If you missed our virtual visit to the Medjoul date harvest, you can catch up with the conversation among the palm trees now via our YouTube channel.

The Medjoul date harvest

The Medjoul date harvest in 2020 was a bountiful harvest but sadly, it wasn’t possible to visit Palestinian producers in person to celebrate this joyful season. So, we did the next best thing and hosted a virtual visit to a Medjoul date farm in Jericho. In this conversation you’ll hear from a Palestinian grower about how COVID and the complex politics of the Jordan Valley are impacting farming communities.

Our Medjoul dates

Our Medjoul dates are ethically sourced from the sun-drenched palm groves of Jericho. It was a bountiful harvest this season, which provided positive news in a difficult time. It also means that producers were faced with selling a bumper crop in a pandemic when so many shops and restaurants are closed. We’re pleased to share the news that people responded to our call to support Palestinian producers and our sales of Medjoul dates are strong this year.

Community distribution

Zaytoun began with dedicated supporters selling into their community. The passion, enthusiasm and energy of people who enabled our mission, to support Palestinian farmers through ethics driven trade, continues today. If you would like to buy Medjoul dates from a local community distributor, please check our stockist map.

If you would like to sell Palestinian products to your friends, family and community please email us at contact@zaytoun.uk. We sell at bulk prices and provide support to community distributors who sell Zaytoun’s products and share the rich heritage of Palestine’s producers.

A digital pack to share with your network

We’ve created a digital download pack that you may like to use on social media, for a digital gathering or to share with your networks. If you would like us to send you a link please email contact@zaytoun.uk.

How can you support producers in Palestine?

Check the label on Medjoul dates to ensure they’re not sourced from illegal settlements, and ensure you’re buying ethically sourced products from Palestine.

We source all our Medjoul dates from Palestinian farms around the ancient city of Jericho, an occupied area which is seeing vast tracts of land illegally confiscated by the Israeli government. The dates are a vital source of income for Jordan Valley farmers who are striving to grow trade opportunities in order to retain their own land, while facing the daily struggles of living under military occupation and the threat of expanding Israeli settlements.

You can find out more by downloading our leaflet about Supporting Livelihoods in Palestine:

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