Ingredient Name:  Blue Dates

Traditional Chinese Name: 藍枣 (lán zǎo)

What is this?
  • A long, round, wrinkled, dark coloured, seeded fruit (in its mature state) produced by the Ziziphus zizyphus trees
  • Commonly found in Asia, some parts of Europe and India
  • In Chinese cuisine, it can be found in both salty and sweet dishes, in soups, as dried snacks and in teas
  • Blue dates are more expensive than that of their red cousins
  • For drinks, the seeds can be kept as well (as it is recommended to remove the seeds from red dates)

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in cold water before usage
  • Add directly to soups (in cold water) or drinks

Where can I buy this?

  • You can purchase blue dates from most Asian supermarkets prepackaged
  • You can also purchase this in bulk from speciality stores

What is the cost?

  • A packge of around 30 dates cost $30 HKD
  • There are varying prices of blue dates depending on its rarity and quality

Any benefits?

  • Dates are known to assist in maintaining healthy blood pressure and assist the stomach and spleen in poor appetites
  • It is also commonly used to address stress in drinks and teas
  • Due to its sweetness, it is soothing to the throat and used to treat sore throats
  • Dates are an excellent source of Vitamin C
  • It is a neutral fruit

Any precautions?

  • Be sure you are buying dates from a reputable source as some dates do carry diseases

Additional Information?

  • Blue dates can normally be kept in a sealed container in the fridge for at least 6 months

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