Jujube, a super fruit

September 23, 2011  •  Category:


I ate my fill of jujube (ennabe) last summer in Beirut; this time, I found some big ones (less flavorful though) at the Asian supermarket for a song (USD$1.29/pound).

Did you know this fruit was used in Chinese medicine for 4000 years?

That it helps with sore throats, liver problems, inhibits certain cancer cells,  is an appetite suppressant, has 20 times more vitamin C than citrus, 18 out of the 24 required amino acids, a bunch of minerals (potassium, calcium and the others), and the list goes on.

In short, it is a super fruit.

Question: Why is it not widespread in the US? It is only produced in California for certain markets.


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  1. sare says:

    Ooooo, I love them. At this of the year we can find them inTürkiye. We called it “hünnap ” here.

  2. Angel of the North says:

    Never seen them here but it is known as the Chinese date:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jujube
    They can be grown in milder parts of the UK or sheltered sites in a garden, and there is a seed firm which has the seeds, so I might try my own tree. It looks fascinating.

  3. Banana Wonder says:

    It’s sad how many fruits are not in the US! I wish I could try some jujube!

  4. Viviane@Taste-Buds says:

    I love jujubes! This year there has not been a great season. It came out late and went away rather fast. I am sucker for them really and I can easily munch up a kilo without even noticing! Beats chips lol

  5. Diane says:

    I have never heard of them but wish I knew where I could find them. I have had a problem with my throat for weeks now!! Diane

  6. Anna says:

    Gonna need to get my hands on some jujubeees!

  7. Alicia (Foodycat) says:

    I’ve seen them dried in Chinese grocers, but I’ve never seen the fresh fruit before! They sound amazing.

  8. Sally - My Custard P says:

    I always learn something from you. I’m going to be on the look out for them here in Dubai now.

  9. Nuts about food says:

    I have never heard of this fruit and never had it. What does it taste like?

  10. Arlette says:

    I was very lucky this year , my cousin sent me a whole box of Jujube/Enaab from her own tree in Los Angeles , also i got a big bag of fresh pistachios. The Jujube fruit were so big and juicy ismallah, I enjoyed every bite of them, it was a feast to me, I dont find Enaab in Canada. I did plant couple of seeds in a pot inside the house, the pistachios already got three shoots going… I keep my fingers crossed for the Enaab.

    • Joumana says:

      @Arlette: I saw a nursery online that sells the jujube trees already grown. Good luck on both the jujube and pistachios, this is very exciting!

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