The jujube is an edible oval drupe; it is often consumed while it appears smooth-green, with the consistency and taste of an apple. When over ripe it turns brown to purplish-black and eventually wrinkled, looking like a small date. There is a single hard stone similar to an olive stone. The top quality breed of jujubes is the “Emerald Green Jujube”, the biggest among its kind, it regarded as “Taiwan Green Apple”.The regions in Taiwan that our Emerald Green Jujubes are grown in are of special soil properties. These lands are rich in potassium, magnesium and other good minerals and trace elements, also locally referred to as the “Moon World”.
Taste and Texture
Green jujube tastes like an apple and has the crisp texture of an apple. When ripe it is closer to a date in flavor and texture.
The best jujube should be complete and plump with a slightly oval shape. Choose fruit that is green, firm and free of blemishes or bruises.
Health Benefits of Jujubes
Fat free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free and an excellent source of vitamin C.
Jujubes are also known as Chinese dates due to their origin. In traditional Chinese medicine they were used as a natural nutritional tonic, a blood cleanser, and to help strengthen the stomach. They are usually very difficult to find in stores and are only produced from December to the following February.
Did you know...
Jujube are often candied dried or made into jam to be eaten as a snack. Some are smoked to enhance the natural fragrance and sweet flavor.