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Dec 22, 2012 06:02 PM


Does anyone know where I can buy jujubes in Manhattan? If so, name the store - and if it's in Chinatown, what do I ask for? Jujubes?

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  1. Any Chinese supermarket or any dried goods store in Chinatown. Any one, literally. Ask for jujubes or Chinese red dates. Or show them these characters: 紅棗

    6 Replies
    1. re: diprey11

      Gosh, how did you reproduce those characters?? (I mean the Chinese ones.:)

      1. re: gothamette

        You should be able to read them on any smartphone or a tablet, but an older PC may need to have Asian fonts installed. In the worst case, just take a picture with the camera on your cell phone and show it to the staff.

        1. re: diprey11

          No I meant, how did you write them? In any case, I I was able to cut and paste them into a regular Word document but it didn't matter.

          I wasn't planning on being in Chinatown today but I ended up there, so I bought two bags. They are definitely jujubes - the English on the bag says: "Dried Ziziphus Jujuba Mill." I looked that up on the 'net: it's jujubes. (Why I bought two bags I don't know, but I did.)

          However -

          The wording on the bag has me terrified. It says (on both bags):

          1. Raw foods - please cook before serving.
          2. Do not eat as a snack! Proper handling instructionts. (sic)
          3. Wash dates with tap water for at least five minutes.
          4. Place clean dates in a pot of boiling water and cook for 15 minutes until soft.
          5. After dates are cooked, put in your favorite meats and/or vegetables and let simmer for 35-40 minutes.

          Is this really necessary? I thought they were just dried fruits! Do you have to wash them for 5 minutes? Isn't this a waste of water? Why is it not a snack food - they are just dried dates.

          Am I going to poison myself if I just eat one, unwashed and unboiled?

          1. re: gothamette

            It's easy to have a Chinese keyboard installed, but as you have discovered cut-and-paste works just fine if you only use it occasionally. Or try InputKing online (search for their web site).

            I think those precautions are too much. It's just dried fruit: wash them carefully or soak for a few minutes, no cooking is necessary, kids eat them as a snack. You are not going to finish the whole bag by the end of the day, right?

            1. re: diprey11

              "You are not going to finish the whole bag by the end of the day, right?"

              Gosh, no. I was just going to add one or two to a baked pear recipe I came across on the 'net.

              Those instructions put the fear of God into me. I thought that they were because some foods do have mild toxins that get cooked out.

              They would be cooked in the baked pears, by the way.

              Now I'm gonna eat a jujube, I am so curious. If I live I'll report back in a few hours. If I don't, you'll know it killed me.

              1. re: gothamette

                Update: I ate two and I have lived to tell the tale. But I can't see what the fuss is about. Dried sour cherries are more flavorful, IMO.