What Is Jujube Fruit?
Gonabad Jujube is small round fruit with a seed-containing pit grow on large flowering shrubs or trees (Ziziphus jujuba). When ripe, they’re dark, red or purple and may appear slightly wrinkled.
Due to their sweet taste and chewy texture, they’re often dried and used in candies and desserts in parts of Asia where they commonly grow.
In alternative medicine, they’re widely utilized to improve sleep and decrease anxiety.
How to eat jujubes
Jujube fruits are small and sweet. Dried, they have a chewy texture and taste similar to dates.
When raw, these fruits have a sweet, apple-like flavor and can be eaten as a nutritious snack. They contain a pit with two seeds, which should be removed before eating.
Dried jujubes are also commonly sold for use in desserts or to be eaten by themselves like candy, especially in Asia. Still, keep in mind that dried fruits are higher in calories than fresh ones. Also, they’re a concentrated source of sugar, so you should limit them in your diet.
What’s more, jujube vinegar, juice, marmalades, and honey are common in parts of Asia.
While the fruits may be difficult to locate in grocery stores in the United States, some specialty grocers may carry them and related products. You can also purchase dried jujubes online.
Gonabad jujube fruit is low in calories but rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
A 3-ounce (100-gram) serving of raw jujube, or about 3 fruits, provides:
- Calories: ۷۹
- Protein: ۱ gram
- Fat: ۰ grams
- Carbs: ۲۰ grams
- Fiber: ۱۰ grams
- Vitamin C: ۷۷% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Potassium: ۵% of the DV
Due to their high fiber content and low calorie count, jujubes make an excellent, healthy snack.