The earliest and largest jujube fruit 4-5 cm diameter with a round shape light texture and simple refreshing sweetness. Eat fresh for  a crisp and healthy treat. As the fruit browns completely, enjoy the increasing  sweetness!!

LI  August through September

This is a silk painting by an anonymous Chinese artist of the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) showing children picking the Jujube fruit.

VARIETIES & AVAILABILITY

Honey Jar New variety! 
End of August to mid– September.


About the Jujube

The hardy jujube tree is deciduous. It is hardy, precocious (bears fruit early and grows quickly) and produces an olive to plum sized fruit called a drupe that can be eaten fresh or dried, depending on variety. It contains a small pit. Crisp and sweet when fresh, the fruit has been compared to a drier exotic apple. The sugar content of the fruit is consistently in the 20’s on the Brix scale and that value increases as the fruit dries. Some varieties are best fresh, some best dried and some are multi-purpose.

Sherwood Late -September to late October

A smallish fruit – about the size of a cherry - looks like a miniature apple, but with concentrated sweetness and added dimensions of carmel. Unbelievable and incomparable flavor!.

This tried and true variety has apple texture, a sweet date-like flavor with hints of caramel and vanilla. This denser fruit has rich , deep flavor fresh or dried. Excellent quality!.

GA - 866  End of August to mid - September

Culinary Uses**

The jujube unique, delicious flavor lends it being used fresh, cooked or dried. Substitue jujube fruit for an apple in any recipe fresh or dried. Best use depends on variety.

Fresh Uses: 
    Salads—chop and add for crisp crunch and sweet tartness.
    Lunch—Try as an anytime snack or add to kid’s lunch bags for a fun, fresh and healthy alternative to the mundane.  They’ll ask for more!
    Wine pairing—slice and pair with Dubliner cheese or an artesian nut plate. The elegant and unique fruit flavor will complement all    pairings and have your customers asking for    more!

Cooked:
    Dessert: Walnut jujube tarts, jujube sauce, dip fresh slices in dark chocolate, baked jujube, jujube pie
    Side dish: jujube stuffing for holiday poultry dishes, jujube butter or jujube sauce – like applesauce!

Dried:    
    Substitute for any dried apple, raisin or date. Pair dried fruit with nuts for a custom trail mix blend for an energetic and healthy boost!    Jujubes are air dried naturally on the tree. They have no need for chemical additives for preservation.

**CONTAINS SMALL PIT


MEDICINAL AND THERAPEUTIC USE

Technological advances in science are now able to prove what the ancient Chinese have always known;  Jujubes are nutriceutical powerhouses helping to nourish and protect our bodies.

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have historically used the fruit as an anti-inflammatory , as a systemic immunostimulant, as a blood and energy builder and as a calming supplement for stress relief. Additional uses included liver tonic for cirrhosis and hepatitis, spleen support and as a digestive aid for convalescing patients. Recent scientific studies have documented anti-cancer properties again breast cancer cells, liver cancer cells, cervical cancer cells and lung cancer cells. Jujube fruit contains high levels of betulinic acid demonstrated to have anti-HIV  and anti-melanoma properties.. How one fruit can have all these benefits has to do with not just the combination, but also the complexity of its phyto-nutrients. Jujubes are rich in flavonoids and phenols.

Source: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2013, 61,3351-3363, March 12, 2013.    


Jujube Nutritional Links

http://www.aseanfood.info/Articles/11019299.pdf 


Jujube Medicinal / Antimicrobial Properties

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23480594
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2259261/

Jujube General Information

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jujube
http://www.agric.wa.gov.au/objtwr/imported_assets/content/hort/fn/cp/fn_growing_chinese_jujubes_in_wa.pdf
http://www.auburnjournal.com/article/small-jujube-has-big-impact-health-food
http://foodfacts.mercola.com/jujubes.html
http://www.cropsforthefuture.org/publication/Monographs/Ber%20and%20other%20Jujubes%20monograph.pdf
http://www.fruitofthespirit.net/2013/05/energizing-healing-ingredients-of-fruit-of-the-spirit/
http://www.ajpcr.com/Vol5Issue3/1053.pdf

Chili pepper shaped fruit with dense crispiness and sweetness. To experience the full bouquet of maple and walnut overtones, wait until fruit is 80% brown or greater. Delighful!.


History of the Jujube

Ancient Chinese literature from 900 BC has documented the jujube fruit  sustaining  and providing health benefits to people on the continent of Asia for thousands of  years. The benefits beyond sustenance of this ancient fruit are now being shared  outside its origins.  The fruit is used both fresh and dried as a food source and as medicine. The leaves, roots, fruits and pits from the fruit have also been used medicinally. The fruit and tree are revered throughout China.

JUJU WHAT?


 The JUJUBE! An amazing super-fruit and ecologically sustainable orchard tree with a documented 4000 year history of providing bounteous nutrition and medicinal benefits for people world wide!