This is my entry for The Daily Post Challenge: Scale. A prompt to share an image that highlights a size relationship — that makes us pause, take a second look to understand the scale of the elements in the photo, was the given challenge.

Living in arid desert conditions makes one appreciate the element of Water. Here is a comparison of scale of two important desert fruits: Watermelon and Date fruit.

An explorer, David Livingstone, once literally found vast expanses of semi desert African land covered wildly with watermelons! With an extremely high content of 92% water (and other nutrients), watermelons sustain and provide us nutrition, for over 6 weeks in hot weather. In scale, they range from a few pounds to ninety pounds!

Let’s compare this to the small scale of Date fruit. Truly, this tiny miracle desert food, ranging from 3 cm – 8 cm in size has provided nutrition, health and life to many a traveller across the sands of times! In the lands of Arabia and neighbouring arid and sandy regions where sand dunes and camels live in harmony, the Date Oasis made for a perfect relaxing spot to the caravan traveller. Find more on Dates: Holy Fruit of Middle East, in my earlier post. Caravans often carried large sacks of Date fruit for nourishment on their long journeys. For more information see Wikipedia.

On a scale of 1-10, which desert fruit do you like ? Why?


Scale: Desert Fruits, Big and Small

5 responses »

  1. Hi Veena,

    Your comment about Livingstone and the watermelons has fired my imagination, I must find out more!

    Just a note re Lebanon – it is not a country of sand dunes (in fact, there are none) but rather its geography and climate more resembles Greece. I lived there for 2 years and can’t recall ever seeing a camel. The Bekaa Valley was known by the Romans as a bread-basket and is largely where Lebanon’s vineyards are situated. The country basically comprises 2 parallel mountain ranges with a valley between, and a coastal strip.

    Syria has areas of flat sandy-stony desert and I did see camels there!

    All the best,

    • Thanks so much for pointing out the general comment I made. I’m glad my readers, not only read…but interact and help me improve! As for you seeing camels in Syria…well you may like my latest post on the camel souq in Al Ain.

  2. Very interesting information and comparisons. Two contrasting fruits and both very tasty and useful. Though I must say that I like watermelon more. Ulhas

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