I like to buy red dates and keep them handy at home. I usually add them to sweeten up soups or Tong Sui (Sweet drinks). These dried dates or hongzao(红枣) in Chinese can also be eaten as snacks. Yeah. I buy the ones that have no seeds and just pop them into my mouth while watching telly.
Dates are health food. In Chinese herbal medicine, red dates help build up yangqi (阳气), or the warm half of the yin-yang balance, in the body, and have the power to strengthen the spleen and stomach, replenish qi, nourish and produce blood and tranquilize the mind. The fruit are also frequently included as an ingredient in more toxic herbal medicines because of their ability to moderate side effects, especially irritation of the stomach.