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Jujube is a small deciduous tree or shrub native to the Indian subcontinent. It is also found in other parts of Asia. It is an easy-to-grow plant with crunchy and nutritious fruits.

Jujube is known to be in cultivation from at least 4000 years. Jujube fruits are sometimes referred to as "red dates" due to their similar appearance and flavour to the date fruit.


Common names: Jujube Plant, Red Date, Chinese Date


Growing Jujube

The jujube plant is drought-tolerant to some extent when planted on the ground. Jujube can be grown in pots, too. However, when potted, regular watering is needed.


Ziziphus jujuba is a hardy plant that can grow in a range of soils, from sandy loam to heavy clay. It prefers a hot and dry climate and is tolerant of drought and frost. The plant requires full sun exposure to produce fruit and is low on maintenance, requiring minimal pruning.


Jujube Fruit Description

Jujuba is a small, round or oval-shaped single seed fruit, typically 3–5 cm in diameter. 

The immature fruits are green and turns yellow-brown or reddish-brown when ripe. The flesh is sweet and crunchy, with a flavour similar to that of an apple. 


Jujuba is a small, round or oval-shaped single seed fruit, typically 3–5 cm in diameter. The immature fruits are green and turn yellow to reddish brown when ripe. The flesh is sweet with an apple like crunchiness and flavour. 

Jujube fruit is consumed raw or dried. It is also used to make syrups, desserts, and jams. Jujube have a long shelf life and can be stored for several months without spoiling. Thus, it is a valuable source of nutrition during times of scarcity. 


Medicinal Uses of Jujube

The fruit is useful in relieving sore throats, coughs, and constipation. Jujube fruits are a rich source of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C and potassium.


Other Uses 

The tree is valued for its ornamental beauty and is often used as a landscaping plant. The bark and leaves of the jujube tree are used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

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