How to Dry Jujube Fruit


Jujube fruit does not last long in its fresh state. Dry your jujube harvest to preserve it for long-term storage and to intensify its flavor. Dried jujubes taste similar to dried dates. This flavor gives jujubes their other name, "Chinese dates," according to the Placer-Nevada Counties University of California Extension website. Once dried, eat the jujubes as you would dried dates, or use them in cooking as a date substitute.

Things You'll Need

  • Sheet
  • Cooking pot
  • Plate
  • ½ c. sugar
  • Baking rack
  • Plastic bags
  • Harvest the jujubes when the dew still clings to the fruit early in the morning. Spread a sheet under a jujube tree and shake the branches to dislodge the ripened fruit.

  • Rinse and dry the jujube fruit. Discard stems and soft, bruised fruits.

  • Cover the jujubes with water in a pot.

  • Weigh the fruit down under the water with a plate on top of the fruit.

  • Bring the fruit to a boil and cook until the jujube fruit become tender.

  • Remove the plate and drain the fruit.

  • Slice each fruit in half, lengthwise and scoop out the seed from the center with a spoon.

  • Fill a pot with one quart of halved and seeded jujubes and ½ cup sugar.

  • Heat the fruit and sugar over low heat until the sugar melts. Remove the sugared fruits from the pot and let cool.

  • Lay the jujube fruits in a single layer on a baking rack and dry in an oven on the lowest setting until they dry to a prune-like texture. Optionally, dry the fruit in a dehydrator set at 140 degrees F according to your manufacturer's instructions. Check the fruit hourly as varietal, thickness and weather conditions will change the amount of time the fruit require to dry.

  • Store the dried jujubes sealed in plastic bags at room temperature for up to one year.

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