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Chinese red dates?

bgbc Mar 22, 2012 01:30 PM

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...

Any tips?

Thanks so much!

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    wally RE: bgbc Mar 22, 2012 01:48 PM

    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.

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      seamunky RE: bgbc Mar 22, 2012 02:21 PM

      are you looking for fresh ones or dried ones? most dishes (soups, dessert soups, drinks, medicinal brews) I've had them in involved the dried ones. The fresh ones were always eaten out of hand.


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        MargotB RE: bgbc Mar 23, 2012 09:24 AM

        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
        Tel: 510-655-5111

        1. PegS RE: bgbc Mar 23, 2012 11:00 AM

          Also Ranch 99 in Richmond. Big parking lot there. There is also, in Oakland Chinatown, a market that has an underground parking lot. Orient Market (I think) on 7th.

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            bgbc RE: PegS Mar 23, 2012 03:51 PM

            Of course -- should have thought of Ranch 99. Thanks, everyone!

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            ChowMulanno1 RE: bgbc Mar 23, 2012 04:02 PM

            Chung Chou City, where you can get pitted and un-pitted dried red dates.


            1. Robert Lauriston RE: bgbc Mar 24, 2012 03:36 PM

              I saw them today at the Solano Mushroom stand at the Berkeley farmers market. They're also at the Tuesday and Thursday markets and at Grand Lake, Albany, Pleasanton, and Napa markets, probably others as well.

              1. wolfe RE: bgbc Mar 24, 2012 04:36 PM

                I have purchased them at Berkeley Bowl West, I assume in season, for my "guess what this fruit is?" for the young cooks at my work place.

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                  theSauce RE: bgbc Mar 25, 2012 09:02 AM

                  Best dried red dates that I've found is at the Korean market or Koreana Plaza on Telegraph Ave in Oakland. They have some really large ones and they're plump too.

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