15 May 2009 21,796 views 10 Comments
Ingredient Name: Red Dates (also known as jujubes, or Chinese dates)
Traditional Chinese Name: 红枣 (hóng zǎo)
What is this?
A small, round, , wrinkled, red, seeded fruit (in its mature state) produced by the Ziziphus zizyphus trees
Commonly found in Asia, some parts of Europe and India
In Chinese cuisine, it can be found in both salty and sweet dishes, in soups, as dried snacks and in teas
How do I prepare it?
Rinse in cold water before usage
Add directly to soups (in cold water)
Where can I buy this?
You can purchase red dates from most Asian supermarkets prepackaged
You can also purchase this in bulk from speciality stores
What is the cost?
- A package should cost $3-5 CAD
Red dates are known to assist in maintaining healthy blood pressure and assist the stomach and spleen in poor appetites
It is also commonly used to address stress in drinks and teas
Due to its sweetness, it is soothing to the throat and used to treat sore throats
- Red dates are an excellent source of Vitamin C
- A common ingredient found for Chinese confinements
It is a neutral fruit
- Be sure you are buying red dates from a reputable source as some red dates do carry diseases
- For soups, use pitted dates. The seeds are known to create “fire” in the body and not usually ideal
Red dates can normally be kept in a sealed container in the fridge for at least 6 monthsPitted red dates