Unknown fruit.
September 25, 2011 4:58 PM   Subscribe

What is this unknown (to me) fruit?

My friend, who was born in China, shops at the local asian market, and buys these things. He says he doesn't know the English word for them, so I am trying to figure out what they are called.

He had brought back the dried form of them before, and I had told him they were dates. Now I am not so sure what they are. The non-dried form has the taste and consistency of a bland apple, and the dried form is about the size of a very large, puffy raisin, and tastes like a combination of a raisin and a prune. I would say that they are dwarf apples, but they have a single central pit.

I'm still pretty sure they are dates, but since they are the only dates I have ever eaten, I am not completely sure. Could someone please clue me in to what they are?
posted by 517 to Food & Drink (6 answers total)
Are they some kind of plum?
posted by mareli at 4:59 PM on September 25, 2011

posted by holgate at 5:01 PM on September 25, 2011

Those are Chinese Red Dates (on preview yeah a Jujube). They become much sweeter if you let them go brown first.
posted by squeak at 5:02 PM on September 25, 2011

dangit, holgate!

I'd say jujube, too. My dad always gets them from the asian mart

does it look like this inside?
posted by sprezzy at 5:03 PM on September 25, 2011

Yup, the dried ones look just like the ones he buys, thanks.
posted by 517 at 5:07 PM on September 25, 2011

Those are so tasty!
posted by hrhtx at 5:42 PM on September 26, 2011

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