Two years ago thanks to Eva and Ron (my favorite vendors-farmers at Temecula Farmer’s Market – Tretowan Organic Farm, Rainbow, CA) I discovered Jujube fruits for the first time. When I found out about this amazing super-food I posted a post about these fruits in order for my readers to know about it here Jujube fruit Superfood
Actually there is at least 33 reasons to add Jujube Fruits into your daily diet because I am sure you have something you may want to improve for having a better health:
1. Combats cellular damage from free radicals
2. Eases sore throats
3. Nourishes the blood
4. Aids in digestion
5. Supports liver and spleen function
6. Detoxifies the body
7. Calms the mind
8. Moderates nervousness
9. Helps to overcome fatigue and weakness
10. Speeds recovery from illness
11. Inhibits gastrointestinal infections
12. Soothes the stomach
13. Provides energy
14. Enhances metabolism
15. Supports cardiovascular health
16. Strengthens blood vessels
17. Provides relief from the heat
18. Boosts Libido
19. Destroys parasites in the intestinal tract
20. Supports heart, lung and kidney health
21. Enhances the immune system
22. Slows the effects of premature aging
23. Induces apoptosis in skin cancer cells
24. Impedes tumor growth
25. Assists weight loss
26. Counters affects of poison
27. Remedies boils and sores
28. Relieves bronchitis
29. Reduces fevers
30. Acts as a diuretic
31. Helps in extracting energy from food
32. Alleviates allergies
33. Facilitates sleep
So as like me you like to snack on these little fruits ( the dried ones) , you may want to know what to do with them.
You can make tea :
and a Jujube Soup
This soup is made with superfoods like: jujube fruits, cilantro and shiitakes…
Do you know that Cilantro is known to be rich in phytonutrients and flavonoids. The seeds of cilantro have been found to control blood sugar, lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, and fight inflammation. It also fights infections. Cilantro can provide a natural chelation treatment thereby flushing the body of toxins including heavy metals and impurities. It is also very healthy for the digestive system, soothing the digestive tract and relieving acidity. The dietary fiber in cilantro aids regularization of digestive functions. Due to its high antioxidant content, cilantro reduces inflammation, LDL cholesterol, and high blood sugar. It is known to have great antibiotic properties and is effective against salmonella infections ( Source: theLongestlife.com).
Do you know Shiitake Mushooms : Inhibit tumor growth / Boost the Immune System/ Lower your cholesterol levels
Shiitake mushrooms are so popular in Asian cultures that they’re sold by streetcar vendors, just as we in North America sell hotdogs .
Scientists are discovering what natural healers have known for ages.
Mushrooms are not only important sources of nutrients but also stimulate the immune system.
Researchers say that they possibly can help fight cancer and high cholesterol, but perhaps even AIDS.
It does, however, supply good amounts of key nutrients, like the B-vitamins.
Long esteemed in Japan for their reputed tumor-shrinking abilities, shiitake mushrooms have been attracting global attention because of the cancer-fighting compound that they contain. ( source www.natures-health-foods.com).
A Korean friend even told me that in Chicken Noodles soup her grandmother use to add dried dried jujube fruits in the soup
Celine’s Jujube Soup
1/2 onion diced
2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 ginger piece peeled ( 1 inch)
3 small organic sweet potatoes or organic carrots, peeled and cut in small pieces
7-8 Jujube fruits pitted and sliced
5 shiitake muchrooms
3-4 ozCooked Pork or chicken cut in small chunk (leftover) ( substitute pan seared organic firm tofu/ leftover)
7 cups water
2 Tbsp natural miso paste
1 handful fresh cilantro leaves
1 garlic clove
In a large soup pot saute the onion until soft. Add the weet potatoes or carrots if using, garlic, ginger and mushrooms
Add the water, miso paste mix well. Add chicken or pork meat and the jujube fruit. Put on high heat until boiling.
Cook until vegetables are soft.
Enjoy and be healthy!
* Jujube fruits from Tretowan Organic Farm Rainbow CA at several Southern California Farmers market.