Ziziphus jujuba, the jujube date also known as the chinese or Korean date. Not a true date a member of the Rhamnaceae family. A fruit from asia generally sold in the west dried and easily obtained in any Chinatown herb shop or from Mountain Rose herb company. Be aware of your source as not to purchase any irradiated or pesticide laden foods.
The fruit is used as a nutritive food, nerve tonic, antioxidant, immune tonic, alterative, mucilaginous digestive, mild laxative and vulnerary. In other words it is a highly nutritious food, healing the mucous membranes and GI keeping things running smoothly, helps reduce stress, “cleansing” the blood and strengthens the immune system. In some Ayurvedic traditions it is used in pregnancy as a 3rd trimester food for moistening the GI and it’s gentle laxative effect while still being a nutrient rich, sweet pregnancy food to keep the mother happy :). Ayurvedic tradition focuses on keeping the mom to be happy, that sounds great to me!
Here it is coupled with Astragalus rt. and Cinnamon for added immune system stimulus and a good sore throat remedy. The Cinnamon tastes yummy with it too!
This is a super tasty fruit sweetened preserve that will last for a year or more in the fridge. I use it in oatmeal, in drinks/smoothies, in baked goods and on toast. Super yummy mixed in with goat milk or any yogurt of choice etc.
Easy to make sweet tasting and super healthy tonic food to add to the diet.
1 lb dried fruit
4 cups apple juice
3-4 Cinnamon sticks or 2t powder
5-6 sliced dries Astragalus rt
Simmer together on low for about 2 hours checking and stirring frequently as not to burn the jam. Add more juice for a sweeter outcome or if too dry. You can blend to a smooth consistency or leave kind of chunky whatever you preference. Remove herbs and jar in 1/2 to 1 pint mason jars. Ready to eat in good health, enjoy!
Mix 1 T in 1 cup hot water for a soothing sore throat tea like drink.