The Jujube fruit, also called the Red Date, has been enjoyed for its health and well-being properties for thousands of years in South-East Asia.
Packed with flavonoids, phenols and antioxidants, the fresh Jujube fruit has 20x more vitamin C than citrus fruits. It is also dense in Manganese and Iron, and boasts 18 out of the 24 important amino acids which are essential to the formation of more than 50,000 proteins found in the human body.
A number of scientific studies have found the jujube to be beneficial for insomnia, enhance mood, general gastrointestinal problems, and blood pressure. The high levels of vitamins and minerals help boost the immune system, build red blood cells, and are beneficial for overall energy and vitality.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the jujube is considered a warming food, and used to remove dampness, nourish the blood, calm the mind, and strengthen the body.
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Mostly eaten dried, they taste soft, chewy, and have a naturally sweet, aromatic flavour. They make a tasty snack to fight sugar cravings, and are a versatile ingredient. For example, they can be used to sweeten porridge, smoothies, baking, energy balls. They can also be used in cooking in place of dried apples, dates, or goji berries. A top recipe tip is teared Jujube on peanut butter toast!
In Southeast Asia such as Korea and China, traditionally, people enjoy the jujube as a snack, steep it in hot water for a sweet tea, or use as an ingredient for a nourishing soup. They are often given to women who gave birth to help rebuild blood and replenish nutrients in the body. They can also be found in desserts and even in liqueurs.
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Despite its alternative name "red date", the jujube fruit is not a date but rather a species of Ziziphus in the buckthorn family. It has origins in China dating back more than 4000 years. Nowadays, it can be found in Southern Europe such as Italy and Spain, in the Middle East, Australia, and USA. The tree can survive very cold weather and does not need much water – a true gift from mother nature.
Study on the jujube fruits’ phytochemicals and their anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antiobesity, immunostimulating, antioxidant, and gastrointestinal protective activities.
Study on the jujube’s ability to kill off cancer tumor cells.
This study on jujubes demonstrated an effective sedative and hypnotic function, which can be used to help sleep.
This study showed that regular consumption of jujube fruit can improve the overall gastrointestinal environment.
Study on the uplifting and calming effects of the jujube fruit.