The Jujube Journey
Jujubes, also known as, Red Dates, Chinese Dates, or Korean dates, are an intriguing fruit that have an even more intriguing story! Jujubes have been cultivated in China for more than 4,000 years, and have been used medicinally for more than 3,000 years. Dried Jujubes boast high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants. They have been used for treating cancer, strengthening the immune system, detoxifying the body, and relieving stress. Much like the açaí berry to Brazil, Jujubes are widely known in Asia as being the cure-all fruit!
Since its domestication in South Asia thousands of years ago, over 400 cultivars have been determined. The Jujubes tolerance to a wide range of temperatures, enable this fruit to grow in mountain or desert environments. This allowed the Jujube fruit to spread its cultivation throughout Asia, and into Europe. The Jujube fruit was introduced to the U.S in the early 1900’s, however at long last, the first sweet and tasty Jujube was imported into the U.S. only three decades ago. We’re delighted to offer this versatile fruit! An extraordinary experience that the rest of the world has known for centuries.
We do not currently have storage information available for our products. Generally, storing food in the refrigerator will extend shelf life versus keeping it in your pantry. Further, freezing items, such as our dried fruit, will extend that even further!
There is a fantastic website called, Still Tasty. This site provides food storage information sourced from various U.S. government agencies, such as the USDA, state government agencies, as well as food and beverage companies. They have compiled an extensive list of food and beverages where you can search up the best way to safely store your items.
We carefully wash, core and slice our fruit by hand, and simply lay them out on trays in a tray rack. The trays are then stacked in our drying room, which is essentially just a small greenhouse adjacent to the kitchen. We then let the California sun do it's work! Our dried fruit is then immediately freeze dried and stored from its fresh state. We do not add sulfur to our fruit drying processes. We are a small, family-run business and as such, our operation does not support an expensive drying system that uses sulfur dioxide, or other gases.
We don’t currently have recipes for our products, however if you have some you’d like to share with us, we’d love to hear about them!
A majority of our business is currently conducted at Farmers Markets in the Southern California region, where nutrition labels are not required. We recognize and appreciate the need to provide nutritional information on our products. We are currently exploring new and exciting avenues for Ha's Apple Farm, including adding nutritional labels to our packaging, so stay tuned!