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Mazafati and Ajwa are two types of popular date fruits across the globe.

Both are delicious and nutritious, but there are some differences between Mazafati and Ajwa, which are explained thoroughly on this page. 

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Mazafati Dates vs. Ajwa Dates- Origin  

Mazafati date is cultivated mainly in Bam City in Kerman Province of Iran. Mazafati date is also known as Bam Date, Kimia, or Rotab. 

Most Mazafati dates in Iran are grown in the city of Bam. Specifically, approximately 10,000 hectares of land in Bam are allocated to cultivate Mazafati dates. 

However, some other cities of Iran also produce Mazafati, including Reygan, Jiroft, Kahnuj, Anbarabad, Baravat, Qaleh Ganj, Saravan, and Iranshahr. 

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Ajwa date fruit is cultivated in Medina, Saudi Arabia, in limited quantities. Ajwa dates are also known as Medina Date, Ajwa Khajoor, and Holy Date. 

As Ajwa date is cultivated in limited quantities, it is the most expensive type of data in the world.

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Mazafati and Ajwa Dates Origins

Date VarietyCountry of OriginCities
Mazafati DateIranBam
Reygan
Jiroft
Kahnuj
Anbarabad
Baravat
Qaleh Ganj
Saravan
Iranshahr
Ajwa DateSaudi ArabiaMedina

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Mazafati Dates vs. Ajwa Dates- Physical Appearance 

Mazafati dates are characterized by an oval shape and a black color. On the other hand, Ajwa dates also possess an oval shape, ranging from oval to circular, and they share a black color, albeit darker than Mazafati dates.

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Mazafati dates typically vary in size from medium to large, whereas Ajwa dates mostly fall within the range of small to medium. Mazafati dates are generally larger in size compared to Ajwa dates.

Mazafati’s skin is almost wrinkle-free, while Ajwa’s skin is semi-wrinkled. However, both Mazafati and Ajwa have shiny skin. They are meaty with soft flesh.

They both have one hard core, but the Ajwa core is smaller than Mazafati. 

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Mazafati Dates vs. Ajwa Dates- Taste

Mazafati and Ajwa dates are both sweet with intense flavor. These nutritious fruits are not only delicious snacks but also are filled with minerals and vitamins. 

However, Ajwa dates are less sweet than Mazafati.

Ajwa dates are mildly sweet and prune-like, while Mazafati dates are sweeter with a caramel-like taste. 

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Mazafati Dates vs. Ajwa Dates- Overall 

Whatever you read in this article, and some other important points about the similarities and differences between Mazafati and Ajwa dates, are explained in the table below. 

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Mazafati vs. Ajwa

 Mazafati
Ajwa
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Scientific NamePhoenix DactyliferaPhoenix Dactylifera
All NamesMazafati
Bam Date
Kimia
Rotab (Rutab)
Ajwa
Medina Date
Holy Date
Ajwa Khajoor
CategoryFreshSemi-dry
OriginIranSaudi Arabia
TasteSweet
Caramel-like
Chocolaty
Mildly sweet
Prune-like taste
MoistureMax 25%Max 22 %
ColorDark brown to blackDark brown to dark black 
ShapeOval-cylindricalOval-circular
SkinThick
Silky
Shiny
Wrinkle-free
Slightly cling to the flesh
Glossy
Semi-Wrinkle
Cracks slightly under the tooth
FleshSoft
Meaty
Juicy
Soft
Chewy
CoreOne single core
Oval
Hard
One single core
Oval
Hard
Tiny
Weight8 to 13 gram7 to 10 gram
SizeMedium to largeSmall to medium
Length2.5 to 4.5 cmAround 3 cm
Harvest TimeLate July to the late OctoberMay to October
(mostly during the hot months of July and August)
Shelf Life12-18 months, depending on storage conditions12-18 months, depending on storage conditions
PriceLower than Ajwa dateHigher than Mazafati date
(The most expensive date in the world because of limited cultivation)

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