Chinese red dates are part of the buckthorn family and used extensively for their health benefits and flavor. They are sweet and have a distinct aroma similar to apples with brown sugar. Red dates are popular in desserts, soups, and drinks. Fresh jujube fruits are available seasonally and have a refreshing melon-like flavor with an apple-like texture.
Uses: To make red date cider: simmer jujubes with water, sugar and a slice of ginger for 25 minutes. Strain and enjoy.