Did you know that the candy was named for the fruit? Jujubes are similar to dates and are of the genus Ziziphus. Sometimes called a Chinese apple, they have been used as medicine for 4000 years and are grown in India, China, Russia, Europe, and the Middle East. They can be eaten fresh (watch out for the sharp pit) like an apple or dried, or candied. They contain 20 times as much vitamin C as citrus and provide 18 of the 24 essential amino acids.
The pits are sharp on the top and bottom ends, so be careful when you bite into them!