Chinese red dates?
Munched these for snacks as a kid and found them easily at grocery stores. But can't find them now, decades later... I'd actually like to use them quasi-medicinally in a ginseng chicken soup I'm making.
Admittedly, I've only tried Whole Foods, Rainbow, and Berkeley Bowl, but I was surprised at the completely blank looks "Chinese red dates" drew. On googling I see they are also apparently known as jujubes, which I wasn't asking for. I'm avoiding Chinatown (SF or Oakland) b/c of parking hell and wouldn't know where to go anyway, but if anyone has a specific store name...
Thanks so much!
They are sold at farmer's markets in the area. I have seen them at Ferry Plaza and Berkeley farmer's markets and am sure that when they are in season, they are at Alemany, at least they were 20y ears ago. I don't know when the season is. Jujubes is usually the name on the stands.
interestingly enough I have seen these (at least dried version) at markets that carry Persian food products - or more generally, "Middle Eastern" markets. I've never been, but Oasis Food Market in Oakland - Temescal district - probably has them. I think they would call them jujube dates as well. Parking should be relatively easy. Lots of posts about this market on this thread.
Oasis Food Market
3045 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609