BN: Ziziphus AKA da zao, Hong Zao, Chinese dates
Glycosides, flavonoids, nucleosides, organic acids and saponins.³
1 fruit - 4 calories, 25 mg potassium, 1% vitamin C
(disclaimer) Memory, stress, insomnia (study), anti-cancer activity (study1, study 2), antioxidant, stimulate appetite, enhance liver health. When applied topically to skin, it promotes wound healing, treat dry skin, ease sunburn, and reduce wrinkles and signs of aging.²
‘Li’ was first introduced in California by Frank Meyer. It is still considered one of the best varieties, ripening in late summer. It produces large fruit, ideal for fresh eating.¹
‘Lang’ is another old favorite. This thornless cultivar produces large, pear-shaped fruit. Allow the fruit to fully color before picking.¹
‘So’ jujube trees have a lovely form, with interesting zig-zag branches.¹
‘Sugar Cane’ is a very thorny tree, but the fruit is among the sweetest.¹
Jujube trees like hot, sunny climate and can survive temperatures down to -28 Fahrenheit. Hardy in US zones 6 through 10, they fruit best in areas with summer sun and heat¹
I've only used the Chinese dried jujubes. It's sweet and tasty. I've added to a multitude of soups. My mother steams hers until they are plump and soft and eat it as a treat. When I add jujubes to tea, I usually break the fruit apart so that it's easier to steep and soften.
The information in this post came from many sources, including class notes, practitioners, websites, webinars, books, magazines, and editor's personal experience. Always consult a doctor prior to using herbal medicine. The information here is strictly for educational purposes.