Farmers' Market Report: Jujubes

Los Angeles

Apples and pears may be the most prominent fruits of the new season but, at the Hollywood Farmers' Market, another crop vies for attention.
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This week, we spotted fresh jujubes at six different stands across the Hollywood Farmers' Market, turning what we first considered a unique offering into a veritable trend. Also known as red dates, jujubes are the fruits of small, thorny shrubs traditionally cultivated in Asia, Iran, North Africa, and the Mediterranean.

They're more commonly known in dried form, when they are used in teas, soups, and medicinal preparations. If, like us, you grew up drinking them in tonics, you may be inclined to think of them only as medicine. We were pleased to discover that fresh jujubes, on the other hand, are great little snacks. Crunchy like apples, they have a slight coconut flavor. We've been eating them out of hand and adding them to salads. Any other suggestions?

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(Images: Emily Ho)

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