Ajwa is the traditional weaving instrument of Malaysia and the name of the plant itself means “water-clay”. It was first used in Aztec rituals, but its uses spread across the country and it became an important part of daily life. Now, it is used to make bags, belts and handicrafts. Ajwa is not only used for the purpose of making articles of daily use, but it has been found to be a good preservative, as it prevents insects from eating the leather. The origin of Ajwa dates back to the fourth century BC, when the Aztecs of Central Mexico adopted it for use in their water heaters.
Today, there are many varieties of Ajwa available in different materials and tastes. They come in a variety of colors: from pale yellow ochre to deep green tea. Many people prefer the green teas, as they have a pleasant taste. Other varieties can be bought in bags or in blocks, with each block having between six and twelve bags. It is interesting to note that in Indonesia, green tea is sometimes referred to as Ajwa, as the tea trees there have been in existence since Old Indonesian times. The dates available for these dates are available from fertilizers to animal feed, with the latter being the cheapest.
The construction of the Ajwa dates is based on its application as a preservative. The blocks are made of earth, scrap metal, clay, fine sand, and water, among other ingredients. When a mixture of all these elements is heated, it becomes hard, like brick, so that it does not easily crumble into pieces when being used to make a container or a belt. The earth and sand, mixed with the water are used to cover a wooden frame, and then the contents are baked in an oven or fried in a kiln until the color has totally faded away. The thickness is dependent on how much time the contents spend in the oven or the kiln.
The manufacturing process also involves treating the dates with a preservative so that the product stays fresh for longer. This treatment comes with a price, though. The treated dates do not last as long as raw ones. It has already been noted that raw dates are more expensive than the ones which have been treated, but the reason why some manufacturers sell their products at a higher price is because they use higher quality dates and they do not use any chemicals during the process. Therefore, one may assume that using an expensive water bottle is a good way of ensuring freshness.
One can find a variety of Ajwa dates, including green tea, in the markets of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, but they are not easy to find in other places outside these two countries. If one lives in the United States, for instance, they might be hard to find. If one wants to buy an Ajwa date from Canada, there are numerous companies offering them, but it takes some time before one finds one which suits his/her preferences and budget.
There are many reasons why one should prefer using an Ajwa dates instead of using tap water. People in rural areas who still rely on rain-water for cooking know that an Ajwa date produces much fresher and cleaner water than any other source. Moreover, since an Ajwa bottle is sealed, one can be sure that the water is free from bacteria and impurities. Moreover, by using a reusable water bottle, one can make sure that he/she is not consuming harmful plastic bags or water bottles.