Pronounced “joo-joo-bee,” these exotic little fruits have a unique flavor and medicinal uses in Eastern medicine including stress-relief and infection prevention. Immature jujubes are green but turn mahogany as they ripen.
Jujubes have a date-apple-like flavor and texture at this stage with an apple's crispness. Every part of the fruit is edible except for the olive-like pit.
First cultivated in China, India and some Middle Eastern countries, this fruit has now found a fan base among California fruit growers and consumers throughout the state. You'll find them at farmers' market specialty growers.