To the south of Israel lies the Negev desert, which at around 12,000km² constitutes about 60 percent of the country’s land area, but which houses just less than ten percent of Israel’s population. Apart from a few other agricultural products, date palms are pretty much the only thing that grow in this barren land. Due to this, the local people have developed a special taste for dates, and thus have taken gladly to the cultivation of this crop. However, the very tough and fibrous palm fronds are a problem, as they build up from being pruned while harvesting the fruits.