The Cretan date palm (Phoenix theophrasti) belongs to the Aracaceae (the Palm family). It is a tall evergreen tree that is native to the eastern Mediterranean, southern Greece, a few sites on Crete and nearby islands as well as some places on the Turkish coast. This palm grows up to 15 m tall, usually with several slender stems. The leaves are pinnate, 2-3 m long, with numerous rigid greyish-green linear leaflets. The fruit is an ovate yellowish-brown drupe 1.5 cm long and 1 cm diameter and containing a single large seed. The fruit pulp is fibrous, and has an acrid taste, though the fruits are sometimes eaten by the locals.