Jujube, a super fruit
September 23, 2011 • Category: Dessert
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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Ooooo, I love them. At this of the year we can find them inTürkiye. We called it “hünnap ” here.
On September 24, 2011 at 2:16 am
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.
On September 24, 2011 at 5:18 am
Banana Wonder says:
It’s sad how many fruits are not in the US! I wish I could try some jujube!
On September 24, 2011 at 9:49 am
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
On September 24, 2011 at 10:27 am
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
On September 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm
Gonna need to get my hands on some jujubeees!
On September 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm
Alicia (Foodycat) says:
I’ve seen them dried in Chinese grocers, but I’ve never seen the fresh fruit before! They sound amazing.
On September 25, 2011 at 4:07 am
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.
On September 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm
Nuts about food says:
I have never heard of this fruit and never had it. What does it taste like?
On September 28, 2011 at 4:18 am
@Nuts about food: The taste can go from bland to slightly like an apple, depending on the source, etc.
On September 28, 2011 at 8:09 am
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.
On November 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm
@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!
On November 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm