Inspired in Oakland: Jujube

We began the day picking the last of the black mission figs from our tree- for neighbors, before venturing to the farmer’s market.  Never thought I would tire of figs- but there are only so many things you can do with a fig, it seems.


At the market, a small crowd was tentatively moving ’round a tasting bay, sampling something that looked like chestnuts, but too big…  Wha? A new fruit! Could it be?!


Hmm… Commonly called jujube (or jujuba), red date, Chinese date, Korean date, or Indian date, they are a species of Ziziphus in the buckthorn family.  Interesting taste- with a consistency similar to apple, sweet, less acid, and way drier. Has anyone else heard of these? I am curious if they are growing anywhere else besides Asia & California. What else can you do with them besides eat them raw?

Chula has her good days:

and bad days:

This is 4 rolls of Scott toilet paper, decimated into tiny bits, scattered all ova. At eight months, she is the consummate absconder, removing with a quiet stealth anything forbidden, and then prancing with glee once out of reach.  She can now outrun me. And loves to be chased.  Everyone! Stop what you’re doing and go get a puppy!!!  Now!! 😉


Author: tara linda

musician, poet, art and jewelry-maker

2 thoughts on “Inspired in Oakland: Jujube”

  1. Hi, Tara Linda! I googled a description of the jujube (since I didn’t know the name) and found your blog. I used to eat these by the handful as a little girl in southwest Texas. And recently I discovered a tree in North Texas on a trip there. So they’ve obviously found a home in that state. As for different ways to eat them, I just ate them raw, but I know they’re eaten dried in other countries. Thanks for the info!

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