Jujubes: what they taste like, how to consume them, and all their benefits

Jujubes, fruits of the Ficus carica, are a true treasure of nature that combines the pleasure of taste with numerous health benefits. Also known as “red dates” or “Chinese dates,” jujubes are particularly prized for their sweetness and juicy texture.

In the past, they were highly valued in our country, but unfortunately their consumption has drastically declined in recent decades. In this article, we will explore the benefits of this unique fruit and share three delicious recipes to best enjoy jujubes.

The benefits of jujubes
Jujubes are rich in nutrients and beneficial compounds that can positively affect health. Here are some of the main benefits offered by this fruit:

  1. Rich in fiber.
    Jujubes are an excellent source of dietary fiber, which promotes bowel regularity and can help prevent digestive problems such as constipation. Fiber also helps maintain stable blood sugar levels and promote feelings of satiety.
  2. Antioxidants
    Antioxidant compounds found in jujubes, including vitamin C and flavonoids, help fight oxidative stress in the body. This can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
  3. They boost defenses
    The vitamin C found in jujubes plays a key role in strengthening the immune system. Regularly consuming jujubes can help prevent infections and diseases by boosting the body’s defenses.
  4. Anti-inflammatory
    Natural compounds found in jujubes may have anti-inflammatory properties. These properties may be helpful in reducing chronic inflammation associated with various health conditions.

What jujubes taste like
Jujubes are distinguished by their sweet, juicy flavor. They have a soft texture and a slight hint of honey.

The flesh of jujubes can vary from red to light brown, depending on the variety.

3 recipes for enjoying jujubes
Here are three delicious recipes that will allow you to make the most of the taste and benefits of jujubes:

  1. Jujube and arugula salad

Fresh jujubes, cut in half and without stones
Fresh arugula
Goat’s cheese
Chopped walnuts
Balsamic vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

Arrange the arugula on a serving platter.
Spread the jujubes evenly over the arugula.
Add pieces of goat cheese and chopped walnuts.
Dress with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Gently mix all ingredients together before serving.

  1. Jujube Tart

Brisée dough (homemade or bought)
Ripe, pitted and chopped jujubes
Brown sugar
Maple syrup
Freshly grated ginger

Preheat the oven following the directions for the brisée dough.
Line a tart pan with the brisée dough.
In a bowl, mix jujubes with brown sugar, maple syrup, grated ginger and cornstarch.
Pour the jujube mixture into the lined baking dish.
Fold the edges of the brisée dough over the mixture.
Bake until the tart is golden brown and the jujubes are soft and juicy.
Let cool before cutting and serving.

  1. Jujube energizing smoothie

Peeled and pitted jujubes
Ripe banana
Fresh spinach
Almond milk
Honey (optional for sweetening)
Chia seeds (for topping)

Place the jujubes, banana, spinach and almond milk in a blender.
Blend until smooth and smooth.
Taste and add honey if you want a sweeter flavor.
Pour the smoothie into a glass.
Sprinkle the surface with chia seeds for a crunchy touch.
Serve immediately and enjoy this nutrient-rich smoothie.
In conclusion, jujubes are a gift from nature that offers both a taste treat and health benefits. Make the most of these delicious fruits by experimenting with these three recipes and incorporating jujubes into your daily diet.