Jujube fruit, also known as red or Chinese date, is native to Southern Asia but has become popular around the world. These small round fruits with a seed-containing pit grow on large flowering shrubs or trees (Ziziphus jujuba). When ripe, they’re dark red or purple and may appear slightly wrinkled.
Due to their sweet taste and chewy texture, they’re often dried and used in candies and desserts in parts of Asia where they commonly grow. In alternative medicine, they’re widely utilized to improve sleep and decrease anxiety.Dried jujubes are also commonly sold for use in desserts or to be eaten by themselves like candy, especially in Asia. Still, keep in mind that dried fruit are higher in calories than fresh ones. Also, they’re a concentrated source of sugar, so you should limit them in your diet.
Jujubes are widely used in alternative medicine to improve sleep quality and brain function. Emerging research suggests their unique antioxidants may be responsible for these effects.
Jujube may boost immunity and fight the growth of cancer cells.
Jujube’s high fiber content may help improvre digestion. About 50% of the carbs in the fruit come from fiber, which is known for its beneficial digestive effects
they may interact with the seizure medications phenytoin, phenobarbitone, and carbamazepine, as well as the antidepressant venlafaxine and other SSNRIs.
How to Eat:
Jujube fruits are small and sweet. Dried, they have a chewy texture and taste similar to Dates.
When raw, these fruits have a sweet, apple-like flavor and can be eaten as a nutritious snack. They contain a pit with two seeds, which should be removed before eating.
- Calories: 79
- Protein: 1 gram
- Fat: 0 grams
- Carbs: 20 grams
- Fiber: 10 grams
- Vitamin C: 77% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Potassium: 5% of the DV
Jujube fruits are low in calories and high in fiber. They also offer several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and potassium.