The healthiest fruit in the world

September 24, 2012  •  Category:



These are jujube fruits; they taste like apples and they are so full of nutrients and vitamins this title is well-deserved, (albeit emphatic). Available in fruit stalls here in Lebanon, they can also be found in the US and elsewhere in organic markets, Middle-Eastern stores, Chinese and other Asian markets, fresh or dried, and ordered online.

Jujubes were used in treatment of many illnesses in Chinese medicine. They are full of amino acids and antioxidants and help with many many conditions; they boost immunity, are a blood cleanser, soothing for the nerves, insomnia, anxiety; good for chronic constipation, diarrhea; lowers cholesterol; helps with fungus, bacterial infections, soothes the liver.ย 

If interested, read:

This article

as well as this article

and this Wikipedia article




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  1. T.W. Barritt says:

    I’ve heard of these but never seen them before – in fact, I probably thought it was an “imaginary” fruit. They look so tiny. Anything that tastes like apples is fine to me!

    • Said Radwan says:

      I’ve tried these in Lebanon in so many different places, as well as here in California. Though kind of expensive in CA, they are super delicious. I eat em like snacks.

  2. meredith says:

    I am going to look for this fruit so I can try. And also, next time I cook eggplant, I am keeping the stems!

  3. Dana says:

    Thank you for the post, Joumana! Had no idead what Ennab meant in English. Now I will be on the hunt for some here in the US as this is one of my husband’s all time favorite fruits!

  4. Alaiyo Kiasi says:

    I’m going to keep my eye out for these at Whole Foods market here, except I’ve never seen these here. Is the fruit tart or sweet?

    • Joumana says:

      @Alaiyo: The fruit can be both! I’d say you have more chances of finding some at Chinese or Asian markets or Middle-Eastern stores than WholeFoods.

  5. Kim says:

    Oh my gosh! Rendevous! I’m eating right at this moment as I opened your blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ They are sweet and delicious!

  6. Velva says:

    When I first saw this photo, I thought OLIVES! Then I thought Olives are fruit?

    What cool fruit! I have never seen or heard of them before now I will have a better eye for it.

    As always, thanks for sharing.


  7. Cherine says:

    Thanks for the info. Didn’t know about it!

  8. Sophie says:

    Waw, Joumana! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have never seen this lovely fruits before but I will be on the look-out for them!
    They sound very tasty! Thanks for introducing something new to me!

  9. Belinda @zomppa says:

    Oh dear – those sound like some of my favorite candy!

  10. familycook says:

    I found these fruits at an Indian Grocery Store the other day but, didnot buy them because I did not know it worth at all until I read about it on your post. Thank you for introducing us to such awesome fruits.

  11. Banana Wonder says:

    Had these before! Never knew they were so healthy. Good stuff – like big vitamins.

  12. Trudy Holtz says:

    Hm, will make a trip to the Indian market later this month. Hope they have them. Do you think they would cook well in a pastry?

    • Joumana says:

      @Trudy: In Lebanon, they are eaten as a snack, fresh; I know the Chinese dry them and use them in soups (I’ve seen it in Chinese blogs done this way); I have never seen them in pastry, but it is a great idea. Some of these fruits get quite big and could work well. Not sure if that retains the nutritional benefits or not. I’d have to ask!

  13. Susan says:

    Certainly nothing like the jelly-like candies that we used to eat at the cinema when I was a girl ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I would love to find some of these! The hunt begins.

  14. RACHEL says:

    Grew up on these as a child and have one in the yard!! South east Louisiana has these in all our grandparents yards. my grandmother would can them. so good fresh too!

  15. Michael says:

    I am eating one right now. No kidding! They are great. You can pop one in your mouth and remove the pit after a few bits. They taste great! I recommend trying one. My bag was a gift.

  16. michel clark says:

    I enjoyed your blog. You give a nice idea of the healthiest fruits. from your blog, I know many things about fruit. now i will carefull for eating fruits.
    Thank you for sharing your fantastic blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Salubritas says:

    I appreciate your content and thank to sharing such healthiest fruit and share benefits from it. Love it.

  18. Michael Harik says:

    Hi Jou,
    I am a Bteghrini/Bteghrine…I have 2 old trees,one that bears small fruit and one that bears very large oblong golf ball size fruits… I went on a vinegar kick with years harvest of everything fruit…sour cherry, black plum, white grape and etc…Hol sour cherry and black plum vinegars are absolutely unbelieveable in texture and taste…Shi mish Ma3oul. Anyway I am considering making vinegar out of the 3ennab as well…you know, same same apple. Shou Ra2yik?

    • Joumana Accad says:

      @Michael Harik I love the idea! I love ennab/jujube so much, so when I get a hold of some, I usually inhale them! But making vinegar sounds great. In Iran and China, they dry the ennab, which keeps it for a long time, and then one can use it or consume it a year or longer later. Have fun!

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