Khadrawy, Arabic for “green,” refers to the greenish cast of the fruit as it begins to soften and to its distinctive bright green foliage. Off shoots were first imported in 1902 from Basra, Iraq by noted USDA plant explorer Fairchild. The Khadrawy palm grows more slowly and is smaller than other commercial varieties. It fronds are moderately arched with flattened pinnae, or leaflets, that are short, stiff, closely and evenly set along a bright green midrib.
Early ripening Khadrawy is yellow in the Khalal stage, turning amber or antique brown with a greenish cast at the Rutab stage. At the Tamar stage it is reddish brown. Slightly smaller and rounder than Deglets, Khadrawy dates measure 33 to 40 millimeters long by 20-24 millimeters in diameter. Its medium thick skin shrinks with the flesh in irregular undulations. The soft, melting flesh has a rich caramel–like flavor.