This is a recipe for a stomach and spleen tonic called Black Date Tea.
In Chinese culture, we have 2 types of dates. Large, black dates and small, red dates. This one uses the big dates called Da Zao.
Black Date Tea
20 black dates
Rock sugar to taste
4 bowls of water
Simmer all ingredients for 20 minutes until water has reduced by half. Drink warm.
Black dates are also called Nan Zao (Southern Dates) although both red and black dates apparently come from the same plant.
While red dates are usually used as a harmoniser for soups, the black date helps tonify the stomach and spleen.
Read and find out more about dates from http://www.innvista.com/health/herbs/jujube.htm