Help! Do you know what these are?


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.


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.


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”.



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

  1. I concur with Michele. I think they are dried jujubes. Did the same vendor sell them fresh a couple months ago? Fresh, they look like unwrinkled dates. My farmer’s market had them fresh not too long ago.

    This is a photo of a dried red date.

    Um, you might want to be careful eating too many of these. They “aide” in digestion…if you know what I mean πŸ™‚

  2. 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. πŸ™‚

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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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