Jujube fruit, also known as red or Chinese date, is native to Southern Asia but has become popular around the world. These small round fruits 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.
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: 79
- Protein: 1 gram
- Fat: 0 grams
- Carbs: 20 grams
- Fiber: 10 grams
- Vitamin C: 77% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Potassium: 5% of the DV
Due to their high fiber content and low-calorie count, jujubes make an excellent, healthy snack. They contain small amounts of several vitamins and minerals but are particularly rich in vitamin C, an important vitamin with antioxidant and immune-boosting properties. They also contain a fair amount of potassium, which plays a vital role in muscle control and electrolyte balance. In addition, jujube fruits contain carbs in the form of natural sugars, which provide your body energy.