- Apr 19, 2014
- Reaction score
- Lower Hudson Valley, New York
More likely based on the description those were "Chinese dates" a.k.a. jujubes (yes there is an actual fruit called a jujube. Fresh REAL dates are tan, and, unless fully ripe (by which time they have more or less dried out already) sort of starchy.About once a year, we drive down to Chicago to shop the Oriental markets. On one of those trips, people were swarming around a particular display in the produce section. Curious as to what could be that good, I walked over to investigate. The table was covered with small oval-shaped fruits with green skin, about the size & shape of a medium-sized plum. It turned out they were fresh dates. I tried a couple, but was not impressed - I'd rather eat them in their dried form.
The Middle Eastern market near me carries something called King Solomon Bonbon dates in the frozen section. They are good and gooey. I sometimes wonder if these are the "Judean Dates" they reported getting to germinate from pits they found in an archeological dig.
Actually, until I started finding bags at the local Home Goods, I didn't know there was more than one kind of date. Turns out there are dozens all of which take a little different (some like sugar some like caramel and so on.)