Jujubes in our A-Z - Cooking Index
Jujubes is a species of Ziziphus used primarily for its fruits.
The freshly harvested as well as the candied dried fruits are often eaten as a snack, or with tea. They are available either red or black, the latter being smoked to enhance their flavour. In mainland China, Korea, and Taiwan, a sweetened tea syrup containing jujube fruits is available in glass jars. Canned jujube tea or jujube tea in the form of teabags is also available.
In addition, jujubes, often stoned, are a significant ingredient in a wide variety of Chinese delicacies.
when immature it is smooth-green, with the consistency and taste of an apple, maturing dark red to purplish-black and eventually wrinkled, looking like a small date.
The jujube originated in China where they have been cultivated for more than 4,000 years.
The jujube's sweet smell is said to make teenagers fall in love, and as a result, in the Himalaya and Karakoram regions, men take a stem of sweet smelling jujube flowers with them or put it on their hats to attract the opposite gender.