Help! Do you know what these are?

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I bought these at the farmers’ market and I don’t remember what the vendor said they were. She said they are medicinal and good for digestion, etc. and that you can make a tea by throwing 25 of these into a pot of water and seeping them. My husband thought she said goji but these are too big based on what I’ve seen on the internet.

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They taste like some sort of dried fruit. Almost like an apple but not as sweet. They are about the size of a golf ball and are very light in weight. There is a pit inside.

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Hopefully the vendor is back this week so I can find out, but in the mean time I wanted to make scones or something with them and call them something else other than “scones made with mysterious dried fruit-like thing with quasi-medicinal traits sold out of a van at the farmers’ market”.

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20 thoughts on “Help! Do you know what these are?

  1. So cool! I love mystery food.
    I have had goji and they are smaller than raisins. Looking forward to hearing how your baking come out with these babies. :)

  2. Well, I’m not sure if I could have just taken a bite out of a mysterious medicinal plant, but it sounds like you have a cool new find! Will be interested in seeing what you do with them.
    Nancy

  3. It’s so cool that you can reach out to the world and get a reponse!

    I liked your original scone title. It would have been pretty funny and I would have for sure remembered it. Ha-ha!
    ~ingrid

  4. Yup, Red Dates. Usually they are used in soups, savoury or sweet. Mainly chinese cooking supposedly good for complexion too =) My mum makes a dessert out of them with papaya and white fungus.

  5. I was going to say that they look like what my mom calls, “hong joe” / red date.

    It is supposed to be good for women, if you know what I mean, on certain days of the month. It flushes toxins away. You are supposed to cut away the flesh and toss the pit – the pit has counterproductive properties than the flesh.

    As for usage, you can steep a tea out of it with goji berries and fruit.

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