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Chinese Dates (Daechu)

Chinese date’s are known as a warm food. (People believe that all kinds of food have characteristics -warm or cold, in oriental culture.) So it makes you relax and warms you up (good for insomnia and cold body sense) . It is often used with ginseng as a roborant (a strengthening food) for example in Ginseng tea or samgyetang (Korean ginseng chicken soup).

This is a picture of dried Chinese dates I bought the other day.

Chinese Dates

I found a good description about Chinese dates from Wikipedia. So you can read more about them.


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Written by: Sue

Last Updated: May 13, 2019

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10 thoughts on “Chinese Dates (Daechu)”

  1. 10/16/2012

    We have a few trees of Chinese dates. We love them we eat them for desert or snacks. Now we want to put them up for winter. How do we prepare them to keep them? I have a food dehydrator hoping we can dry them for our winter months.
    Thank You,
    Becky Bouris (916)687-7945. or send me and E-Mail.

  2. I heard a lot of good things about Chinese dried red dates, just wonder are there any side effects?
    People also suggested don’t get the dried red dates from China because artificial color was added. Is it ture? Where can I get it then?

    Many thanks!

  3. there is a very big and good brand manufacturer of this chinese special red date in my hometown
    so can i know if anyone who can contact one delearer or importer of this chinese date ?
    and this manufacturer in my home town has exorted the “Dried Seedless Red Dates” to Middle Ease , Japan , Korean, etc
    So i think it also will be a good market in other countries cause its a health fruit for us.
    and anyone who want to know more about this , send mail to caideyu@gmail.com

  4. Thanks for that suggested site and info Gil. It may be useful for us.

    Linda, You can try the site Gil suggested, it has lots of useful information. I will also try to comment on the health benefits of recipes I show if I can.

  5. This information is from: http://www.foodsnherbs.com
    There is a lot of information there on the medicinal properties of different foods and herbs. They also have some therapeutic recipes.

    Chinese Jujube (Red Date)
    NATURE:

    Neutral and warm; sweet; attributive to spleen and stomach.
    CHARACTERISTICS:

    The medicinal fruit is oblong in shape and turn dark reddish brown when ripe. The kernels are hot in nature and it is common to cook jujubes without the kernels. It is a superior herb, most widely employed in the Chinese pharmacopoeia adding to herbal formulas to prolong, enhance, and harmonize the effect of the other ingredients; and to circulate the herbal essences in the bloodstream and in the meridians.

    THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS:

    Nourish blood and calm the mind for insomnia and restlessness; invigorate the spleen and stomach with poor appetite; promote secretions of vital fluids; retard aging; warming; moderating the toxicity of potent drugs. It is best for fatigue, hypertension, physical exhaustion and malnutrition.

  6. I finally checked out your blog and it looks great! I only just discovered chinese red dates (that’s what we call them in Oz) and would never have thought to use them in a tea. I was told to use them in cooking or eat them raw to help build my blood (blood tonic)??!!

    I’m not sure if you have a medicinal section in your blog… but I’m keen to use food for health so any tips would always be appreciated!

    Thanks!

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