How can you resist a fruit with a name as fun as jujube? It’s also called the red date or Chinese date, or in Chinese: hong zao jiu.
Although it is native to Southern Asia, in recent years the jujube has become increasingly popular across the world. The jujube is a small, red, round fruit with a seed pit that grows on large flowering bushes or trees. Tell the difference between a ripe and unripe fruit by the coloring. A fully ripe jujube is dark red or purplish and will have a slightly wrinkled skin.
How Does It Taste?
The jujube has a sweet taste paired with a chewy texture. This flavor makes them an excellent choice for drying out and they are often found in Asia in candy or desserts. When eaten fresh, the taste has been compared to that of a very sweet apple.
Jujubes are perfectly suited to compote, dessert, and jam recipes. They work well in both sweet and savory recipes. Follow this recipe for a beautiful and nutrient-rich dessert: a Fresh Jujube Tart with Walnut Cream, also called a Chinese Date Tart.
A Place in Pop Culture
Today, the jujube is enjoying growing popularity in the health and wellness world. Its low-calorie count paired with its high makeup of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, allows dieters to add a sweet flavoring to their food and drinks without worrying about breaking their diet or adding up their calorie count.
The jujube has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine because of the hosts of benefits that it offers, including improved sleep habits, anxiety relief, digestive aid, and disease protection. Typically this benefit is derived from the jujube in the form of a supplement.