Chinese Black Dates
Chinese Black Dates are fresh Chinese dates which have been smoked. In Chinese they are called Hei Zao (黑枣) or some call them black jujube. It is black in color and usually larger than red dates. The Black dates has a smoky fragrance and favor because it is steamed, dried and lastly smoked before use. This warm (yang) food helps nourish the body and reinforce blood.
Preserved black dates which are kept tight in container away from direct sunlight or moisture can last around 2 weeks. Preserved black dates can last much longer in refrigerator.