5 Ways to Eat Jujubes
You’ll probably see mounds of a round yellow fruit with browning skin around the market right now. It’s the jujube! Also called a Chinese date when dried, this fruit is slightly sweet with the texture of an apple. It’s a great snack or can be used in baked goods or candied. Most growers dry this little fruit It has a thin, edible skin surrounding whitish flesh of sweet, agreeable flavor. The single hard stone contains two seeds. The immature fruit is green in color, but as it ripens it goes through a yellow-green stage with mahogany-colored spots appearing on the skin as the fruit ripens further. The fully mature fruit is entirely red. Shortly after becoming fully red, the fruit begins to soften and wrinkle. The fruit can be eaten after it becomes wrinkled, but most people prefer them during the interval between the yellow-green stage and the full red stage. At this stage the flesh is crisp and sweet, reminiscent of an apple.
- Salads: Enjoy in a salad that uses apples or Asian pears. Toss with some walnuts, sliced jujubes, and a sweet vinaigrette.
- Breakfast: Slice thin and add to oatmeal or yogurt for added sweetness.
- Baked: Bake sliced jujubes with pork chops in the oven like you would apples.
- Jujube Chips: Slice thinly and place in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 250 degrees until dehydrated.
- Stuffing: Chop and add to your favorite poultry stuffing with celery, onion, and spices.